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Franklin Park Mall walkers receive new health education program

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TOLEDO, OH (WNWO) - Have you heard of “mall walkers?” No, it’s not the newest zombie thriller coming to theaters…

It’s a group of people who utilize the mall’s safe, climate-controlled environment to get exercise, and it’s actually a really popular phenomenon.

And now there’s a way mall walkers can further their health benefits.

Dr. Rick Miller, Orthopedic Surgeon

Mercy Health has a new Mall Walker’s education program kicked off on Thursday. The company will bringing a new physician to the mall every 3rd Thursday of the month to meet with the walkers…

“Kind of bringing health care to the community,” explains Dr. Rick Miller, an Orthopedic Surgeon with Mercy Health. There’s a real push in medicine now, to be more accessible, and brining medical professionals out to the community to talk with people.”

The goal of the program is to start an open dialogue with the public regarding any health questions they may have

Carrie McGlothlin, Director of Marketing for Mercy Health, describes, “the third Thursday of the month we’ll have a physician here, and they will talk and walk and converse with the group that’s here. Answer any question. You can get a cup of coffee and sit down, and get all your questions answered.”

“You know, we’ve had a lot of fun,” added Miller. “People seem to embrace it. Again, I think it makes us more approachable as a health care entity. And it allows them to ask some questions that they might not have the opportunity to do otherwise.”

The program is also a big help to people who do not have access to a regular physician.

Sharon Luzius, one the walkers, considers, “well there’s a lot of people I suppose that can’t drive or don’t know who to go to. You know? So if they can meet him in person and get some questions answered, I’m sure it’s a big help to them.”

The mall walkers aren’t the only ones learning from the program.

Miller reflected, “I was walking with somebody who was 98. So I just had coffee with him a little while ago. So 98-years-old, and I asked him what his secret to success, you know, to getting to 98. And he said he goes dancing every Friday night.”

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