Poudre Valley Hospital (PVH) and Medical Center of the Rockies (MCR) Foundation, in partnership with the Fort Collins Senior Center and Columbine Health Systems, is offering an opportunity to take steps toward heart health at their Walk with a Doc event on Thursday, June 4. The complimentary program will feature prominent UCHealth cardiologist, Dr. Wendy Austin, who will lead a group discussion on heart health and a stroll around Rolland Moore Park. The event will conclude with light, heart-healthy refreshments.

“We are home to one of the premier cardiology centers in Colorado,” said Erica Siemers, senior director of the PVH and MCR Foundation. “However, an important part of our mission is focusing on ways to prevent people from having to seek treatment in the first place. This program is a fun and active way to learn more about taking care of yourself.”

From clinics, hospitals and rehabilitation programs to education and cutting-edge research, MCR serves patients with one important goal in mind – to keep hearts healthy. The heart team at UCHealth Heart Center and MCR includes 20 cardiologists, four electrophysiologists and five cardiovascular surgeons, all with multiple certifications in various heart-related specialties supported by over 300 clinical specialists. UCHealth offers a wide range of clinical support for patients including prevention, nutrition, psychological counseling, research and rehabilitation programs. MCR, part of the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) system, is the region’s leader in cardiac care and the largest and most comprehensive heart and vascular center in northern Colorado. At the Walk with a Doc event, Dr. Austin, who works as part of MCR’s heart team, will address the differences between women and men when it comes to heart health, the role of heredity and the easiest lifestyle changes to make to improve heart health.

“Simple walking can have a significant impact on your heart health – just 30 minutes of walking a day can reduce your risk of heart disease and improve blood pressure and blood sugar,” explained Dr. Austin. “People may not realize that even small lifestyle changes can have a big impact on your heart.”

The Walk with a Doc event is complimentary but for planning purposes, it is requested that those planning to attend register in advance by calling 970-221-6644.

What: Walk with a Doc
Where to Meet: Fort Collins Senior Center
When: Thursday, June 4 | 6-8 p.m. (rain or shine)
What to Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, water, human friends and family (please leave your furry friends at home)

About PVH and MCR Foundation:

The mission of the Poudre Valley Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies Foundation is to support its affiliated hospitals and clinics in the delivery and advancement of world-class health care in northern Colorado. The foundation realizes its mission through the development and stewardship of philanthropic resources in support of the hospitals’ mission and strategic goals.