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Gulf Park Campus Health Center Invites Campus Community to Monthly 1-Mile Walk and Talk Gathering

Thu, 04/18/2024 - 08:17am | By: Gabriela Shinskie

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park Health Center (GPHC) invites members of campus community to lace up their walking shoes and join in the monthly “Strutt Your Stuff Walk and Talk,” a 1-mile walk around the school’s beautiful beachfront campus with GPHC nurse practitioner Connie Richardson.

The walks take place on the first Wednesday of every month, beginning at 12:15 p.m. with participants meeting at the GPHC.

“The walk is an opportunity to hold a conversation about general medical problems and to get outside and move in a relaxed setting,” said Richardson.

Richardson was inspired by a program called “Walk with the Doc”. She credits the beautiful coastal spring weather for inspiration to get outside and take a break from school and work. Participants can ask Richardson general health questions during the walk.

The first walk took place April 3, where participants asked questions about bone health, screenings, and blood pressure. Richardson is hoping to continue facilitating conversations about women’s health and other health concerns, while also emphasizing the importance of taking time each day to exercise.

“There are multiple benefits to walking outside, including improving one’s mental health, getting vitamin D [from sunlight], improving metabolism, gaining muscle mass, and benefiting serotonin levels in the brain,” Richardson explained.

Studies have shown that walking a minimum of 4,000 steps a day significantly reduces early death. Setting a goal of 2,300 steps a day also reduces risks of cardiovascular disease.

The next gathering will take place Wednesday, May 1. Learn more about the GPHC and how to participate at the next Strutt Your Stuff Walk and Talk.