“Walk the Walk” with Dr. Nate Hayes

Dr. Nate Hayes wants the Sturgeon Bay community to get on its feet. So he created a physician run and patient-centered community fitness program entitled Walk the Walk with Dr. Nate.

The new community walking program was introduced during Wisdom Wednesday, a monthly learning session at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA on March 7th. “My goal is for Sturgeon Bay community to become more active and fit,” said Dr. Hayes.

The four week program began on Monday, March 12th and continues the following three Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at the Ministry North Shore Medical Clinic parking lot. Everyone is welcome to participate including children and pets. Dr. Hayes believes exercise is the magic pill. “There are few things in life that are so globally beneficial. It’s fun and it’s great family time. Kids are much more likely to be active if their parents are.”

The outdoor program began with a two-mile walk on March 12th and will get progressively longer each Monday until it ends with a five-mile walk on Monday, April 2nd.” I hope to motivate people to be active in a supportive environment. I also want to push people to new fitness levels that’s why we are escalating the mileage every week,” explained Dr. Hayes.

Dr. Hayes recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week. He also suggests adding muscle and resistance training into weekly workouts to strengthen muscles and bones. “We often overlook the importance of stretching and building muscle endurance. Together these improve your balance, agility, speed, and body composition.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 27% of Door County adults are overweight or obese. “Exercise is important to combat the obesity epidemic and the problems associated with it. You have to prioritize and make time in your schedule for it.” Hayes added, “You can also make simple lifestyle changes such as parking further away from a store.”

Wisdom Wednesday is presented by the Door County YMCA, Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) and Baylake Bank.
Sue Crass, member services director at the YMCA said, “We appreciate Dr. Hayes providing additional education and promoting health and wellness in our community.”
MDCMC is also excited for the new walking program. “This program was Dr. Hayes’ idea. We are very grateful to have a physician leading this program and effort throughout the area,” said Director of Marketing & Public Relations Kevin Grohskopf.

Looking to the future, Dr. Hayes hopes to expand his walking program to include biking or running. “My goal right now is simple – it’s to get people outside and active. But I’d like to expand the program to include more goals such as weight loss, lowering resting heart weight and decreasing body fat percentage.”
Dr. Hayes provides Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine services at North Shore Medical Clinic in Sturgeon Bay. He is board certified in Family Medicine.

Three remaining Walks left

March 19th …. 3 miles
March 26th …. 4 miles
April 2nd …. 5 miles
Meet in the Ministry North Shore Medical Clinic parking lot at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays for a walk around Sturgeon Bay!

Helpful Walking Tips

  • Wear sturdy athletic shoes.
  • Keep your head level as you walk and look straight ahead.
  • Take long, smooth strides. Walk as briskly as you can.
  • Breathe deeply but naturally as you walk.
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