Summer Season of Gaitor Challenge Begins!
The UF Department of Physical Therapy will start its summer season of free wellness walks, which begins June 3 and continues through July 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays. This is an excellent opportunity for any individual who seeks more physical activity and/or health education, and anyone who might benefit from encouragement and social support.
The wellness walks are located at Roper Park/Thomas Center in Gainesville and hosted by the UF Doctor of Physical Therapy students, who walk with the participants and help with goal setting.
Participants are screened (blood pressure and a basic history) and then encouraged to join the group walking along the route.
Exercise promotion, education about common health conditions and stretching programs are just a few things available to those who participate at the wellness walks.
This is a great way to encourage participants to seek an active, healthy lifestyle and an important learning experience for the DPT students.
If you know of families or patients who you believe will benefit from this program, please share the flyer. This option may be especially useful for patients nearing discharge that would like more exercise as a way to keep up with their personal health goals. If you would like the DPT students to support them with their home exercises at the event, they would be happy to do so.