Fall 2019 Gaitor Challenge

The UF Department of Physical Therapy will start its fall season of free wellness walks beginning September 30 and will continue through November 4 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Monday nights. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone 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 for 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 physical therapy students.

If you have patients who you believe will benefit from this program, please distribute the flyer below. This option may be especially useful for patients nearing discharge who would like additional exercise as a way to keep up with personal health goals. Physical therapy students can also assist participants with home exercises at the wellness walk.

Gaitor Challenge flyer.