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February 13, 2014

"Take a Walk with a Southcoast Doc" monthly walking program scheduled for February 22

Dartmouth walk to be led by Margaret Ferrell, MD, physician-in-chief of cardiovascular services

DARTMOUTH, Mass. - To Celebrate National Heart Month, Southcoast© Health System will host "Take a Walk with a Southcoast Doc," a monthly community walk led by physician-in-chief of cardiovascular services at Southcoast, Margaret Ferrell, MD., on Saturday, February 22, from 9 to 10 a.m. inside the Dartmouth Mall.

The walk will take place before the mall opens, providing plenty of space for all to join. Attendees are asked to use the mall entrance by the AMC movie theater (north side of the building). The walk will kick off from the center of the mall in front of JC Penney.

"As the leading provider of comprehensive cardiac services and state-of-the-art technology in the region, we understand the importance in taking an active role in helping everyone in the community lead healthier lives," Dr. Ferrell said. "Heart disease is a major health problem facing the South Coast today. Something as simple as taking a brisk walk can do wonders for your health."

Southcoast physicians want to help guide you on the path to good health with a monthly walking program that is designed to get people up, moving and enjoying some beautiful walks throughout the South Coast region. Walking just 30 minutes a day can decrease your risk of many health problems including heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

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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Rachel Davis
Public Information Officer
Phone: 508-973-5280

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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