Doc Walk offers safe, healthy way to walk

LIHU‘E —Did you ever wonder what the yellow footprints in Wilcox Memorial Hospital represent?

If one joins the yellow footprints at any point and follow the path until the entry point, the distance measures out a half mile which means if an individual follows the path twice, the distance walked is a mile.

That was the distance paced out Saturday when Dr. Andrew So, a cardiologist, led a group of about 40 walkers around the mile course, starting at the lobby of the hospital and picking up the yellow footprint trail which wound around the Kaua‘i Medical Center building around the emergency room entrance and back down toward the solar farm, returning to the lobby for a healthy breakfast.

“This is the monthly Doc Walk,” said Kathy Gallo, community relations officer for Wilcox Hospital. “This month, in commemoration of Trauma Awareness Month, Melissa Nitta of the Trauma Department is distributing orange safety vests to all the walkers.”

Gallo said according to Nitta, there were 170 fatalities involving walkers and the distribution of the safety vests is to raise awareness about preventing injuries.

Accompanying the vest, walkers also received a brochure outlining safety procedures while walking.

Following the walk, walkers were treated to a healthy breakfast with So answering general questions from the walkers during the Doc Talk segment.

“Next month, the ‘Doc’ will be cardiologist John Funai, leading the June 23 walk,” Gallo said. “Both So and Funai alternate leading the walks which vary each month. In January when the hospital featured  its ‘New Year, New You’ make-over program, there were 80 walkers.”

Gallo said in addition to the monthly Doc Walk, Wilcox Health will be hosting its Kids Summer Fest, June 2 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Kaua‘i Beach Resort.

Registration forms are available for the annual event which features healthy tips for a safe summer including sports physicals for keiki ages 5 through 18 on a first come, first serve, injury prevention and safety, nutrition and exercise, ocean safety, and more.

Additionally, keiki and their families can visit the fire truck, meet Tucker, a hospital therapy dog, tour an ambulance, and enjoy a healthy snack while waiting for door prizes.

Registration forms are available by calling 245-1198.

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