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Buffalo area community invited to Bison Walk and Talk

Buffalo area community members are invited to join Dallas County Family Medical Center physicians for Bison Walk and Talk, a monthly doctor-led community walking event to promote a healthier community.

Dallas County Family Medical Center board certified family medicine physicians include Kurt Bravata, M.D., Kristina S. Kaufmann, D.O. and Taylor Pedersen, D.O.

The walk and talks will be held 12:30-1:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at Dallas Community Park, 1600 N. Hickory St., Buffalo, starting Monday, Nov. 14.

The clinic physicians are passionate about exercise and the positive impact it can have on their patient’s lives. The Bison Walk and Talk is an opportunity for community members to enjoy a healthy walk, learn more about a current health topic from a physician and meet new friends.

“Many people say ‘laughter is the best medicine.’ I disagree. I think exercise, even just going for a walk, is the best medicine,” says Dr. Kaufmann. “Exercise can help you stay healthy, treat arthritis and even improve your mental health!”

Walking is an effective way to combat many chronic illnesses. “A majority of people underestimate the power of walking. It’s so much more than just trying to lose weight, or taking a little stroll. Walking can decrease your risk of heart disease and arthritic pains, improve mental health and prevent strokes,” says Dr. Pedersen.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that adults need 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity and two days of muscle strengthening activity each week, according to the “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.”

Although 150 minutes of physical activity sounds like a lot, it can be divided into smaller segments and spread out during the week. “Some physical activity is better than none,” says Dr. Kaufmann. “Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to live a healthier life.”

Dallas County Family Medical Center and Walk-In Clinic is a Citizens Memorial Hospital family medicine clinic located at 201 S. Ash St., Buffalo.

In the case of inclement weather, the walk and talk will be moved to Grace Community Church, 1652 S. Ash St., Buffalo.

For more information on the Bison Walk and Talk events, call the clinic at 417-345-6100.

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