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January 7, 2013

Southcoast's "Take a Walk with a Southcoast Doc" monthly walking program scheduled for January 12

Wareham walk to be led by Southcoast family practice physician Brian Fitzpatrick, MD

Brian Fitzpatrick, MD

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WAREHAM, Mass. — On Saturday, January 12, Southcoast™ Health System will host the January edition of "Take a Walk with a Southcoast Doc," a community walk lead by Southcoast family medicine physician Brian Fitzpatrick, MD.

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" will take place on Saturday, January 12. The winter walk will begin at 10 a.m. at the Gleason YMCA at 33 Charge Pond Road in Wareham.

This month's walk will be led by Brian Fitzpatrick, MD, family medicine physician at the Rosebrook site of Southcoast Physicians Group in Wareham. The community is invited to join Dr. Fitzpatrick and a YMCA trainer as they combine walking on the indoor and outdoor tracks (weather permitting) with some simple weight training tips you can use while you walk. Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes for the outdoor portion of the walk.

"Taking a brisk walk can do wonders for your heath," Dr. Fitzpatrick 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 January 7 as we walk the YMCA tracks 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 800-497-1727.

The "Take a Walk with a Southcoast Doc" program includes 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
Public Information Officer
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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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