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People can walk and talk with a doctor at Gabis Arboretum
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People can walk and talk with a doctor at Gabis Arboretum

Anyone who's visited a doctor probably has been advised about the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise.

Walking often is touted for its cardiovascular and health benefits. Fitness trackers encourage people to rack up 10,000 steps a day. And a new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that tracked 380,055 people suggests walking daily could add years to one's lifespan.

Community Healthcare System is encouraging people to hit the pavement by hosting Walk and Talk with a Family Medicine Practitioner at Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest at 450 W. 100 N. in Valparaiso.

The Economic Development Corporation Michigan City seeks to solve the food desert problem in parts of Michigan City where fresh, healthy food isn't easily accessible to residents. The economic development agency is partnering with the Purdue Extension to do a study that will collect data and gather community input to come up with evidence-based solutions to improve access to good nutrition, such as by bringing in co-ops or grocery stores to deprived neighborhoods.

"Community Healthcare System and Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest are collaborating to help you walk your way toward wellness," the health care system said in a news release. "Stroll through the beautiful grounds of Gabis Arboretum as a Community Healthcare System physician offers walkers of all ages health-related knowledge."

The inaugural Walk and Talk will step off at 6 p.m. July 14.

People can walk with Danielle Harris, a family medicine physician with Community Care Network, who will offer tips on staying healthy and safe.

The walk will be for just over a quarter of a mile.

"Attendees will meet at the Celebration Rose Pavilion and walk the Heron Pond Trail," Community Healthcare System said. "This trail is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers suitable for mulch. Program participation is free, and registration is encouraged."

Go on patrol with Aaron Crawford, a Cpl. with the Lowell Police Department, as he speaks about joining the force, DUI enforcement grants, and police Jiu-jitsu training.

While it normally costs $10 per car to get in to the 300-acre arboretum, the entrance fee will be waived for anyone participating in the Walk and Talk.

To register, visit brownpapertickets.com/event/5150998.

For more information, call 219-462-0025.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.

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