MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – Healthy Berkeley and the Martinsburg Farmers Market are sponsoring Walk with a Doc, 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 on July 20 at the square in downtown Martinsburg land will be ed by Cathy Funk, M.D. Meet at the square at 4:30 p.m. with the one-mile walk to start at 4:45 p.m. 

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 will be held throughout the summer in conjunction with the Martinsburg Farmers Market which runs through September. Visit the Healthy Berkeley and Martinsburg Farmers Market Facebook pages for program updates. Cooking demos and Market Explorer Kids Program will also be offered monthly on varying Fridays.

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 McCabe, Vice President of Marketing and Development, 304-264-1223