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For Immediate Release:
November 8, 2012

Southcoast's "Take a Walk with a Southcoast Doc" monthly walking program scheduled for November 17

New Bedford walk to be led by Southcoast primary care physician John Podkowa, DO

John Podkowa, DO

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — On Saturday, November 17, Southcoast™ Health System will host the November edition of "Take a Walk with a Southcoast Doc," a community walk lead by Southcoast internal medicine physician John Podkowa, DO.

Southcoast physicians want to help guide you on the path to good health with a new, monthly walking program that is designed to get people up, moving and enjoying some beautiful walks throughout the South Coast region.

"Take a Walk with a Southcoast Doc" November edition will take place on Saturday, November 17. The walk will begin at 10 a.m. from the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitor Center, 33 William Street in New Bedford. The walk will be lead by John Podkowa, DO, internal medicine physician with Southcoast Physicians Group's Buttonwood Internal Medicine practice.

The community is invited to join Dr. Podkowa and a National Park Ranger for a walking tour of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park district.

"Taking a brisk walk can do wonders for your heath," Dr. Podkowa said. "In fact, walking just 30 minutes a day can decrease your risk of many health problems including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Join us on November 17 to learn a bit about the history of New Bedford and improve your health at the same time!"

All ages and levels of walking ability are welcome. Participants will receive a free pedometer and "Better Health Kits" that include information on nutrition and exercise. Registration is encouraged. To register call the Southcoast Wellness Line at 1-800-497-1727.

The "Take a Walk with a Southcoast Doc" program will conduct monthly walks with Southcoast Physicians Group doctors throughout the South Coast region. Visit for more information about where Southcoast physicians will be walking next.

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Stephanie Poyant
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Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.

It includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Southcoast provides advanced clinical services, such as open heart surgery, angioplasty and heart rhythm services, comprehensive cancer care, neurosurgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedic surgery, advanced imaging services and is the only provider of maternity services in the region.

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