MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – Healthy Berkeley and the Martinsburg Farmers Market are sponsoring a walking program. Walk with a Doc is a walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle and, at the same time, having the opportunity to have questions answered by local physicians.

According to the American Heart Association, walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity. With a doctor’s O.K., walking is safe for people with orthopaedic ailments, heart conditions, and those who are more than 20 percent overweight. In addition, research has shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise.  

The next Walk with a Doc will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 in the square in downtown Martinsburg. Ernie Agbayani, M.D., board-certified family medicine provider, will lead the walk. Meet at the square at 4:30 p.m. with the one-mile walk to start at 4:45 p.m. This will be the last Walk with a Doc for the season.

You don’t need any special gear, and there are no special rules. Just put on a pair of comfortable shoes, and come out and Walk with a Doc to get yourself started on the road to good health. 

Walk with a Doc was held throughout the summer in conjunction with the Martinsburg Farmers Market which runs through Sept. 1. Visit the Healthy Berkeley Facebook page for program updates.  

For more information, contact Dana M. DeJarnett, health promotion coordinator for WVU Medicine and The Wellness Center at Berkeley Medical Center, at 304-264-1287, ext. 31814 or ddejarnett@wvumedicine.org.  

For more information: Teresa E. McCabe, WVU Medicine Eastern Panhandle Vice President of Marketing and Development, 3