Walk goes across state, sort of

March 15, 2007|by MARLO BARNHART

HANCOCK - Got 30 minutes? If you do, Dr. Matthew Hahn is inviting you to join him for a Walk Across Maryland on Friday, March 30, at noon.

That's right - across the entire state.

"We want to show what amazing things you can do when you have your health," Hahn said recently from his office at Tri-State Community Health Center.

Participants are to park their vehicles in the lot at the Hancock Assembly of God Church for the start of the walk which will begin at the Pennsylvania Line - at North Pennsylvania Avenue - and continue south on Pennsylvania Avenue to the Potomac River. The walkers will have, in a sense, walked across Maryland.

"More than likely we will have a police escort," Hahn said.

Some luminaries will be along, including the Hancock mayor and council members.

"The first 30 people who show up will get a T-shirt which says they walked across Maryland in 30 minutes," Hahn said.


Led by Hahn, the walk is an effort to call attention to the benefits of exercise, with participants walking across the state in 30 minutes.

Following the walk, there will be a health fair at the Hancock Community Center from 1 to 5 p.m. - hosted by the Tri-State Community Health Center.

The event also will kick off the 2007 Health Olympics - a successful free community health promotion project in Hancock and Berkeley Springs.

Hahn said most serious chronic diseases and many cancers can be prevented just by taking better care of one's health.

By walking the entire state in just 30 minutes, Hahn hopes to call attention to the incredible benefits of regular exercise.

The 2007 Health Olympics are held April through May. Those interested may sign up between Monday, March 19 and Friday, April 6.

Participation in the Health Olympics is easy, Hahn said. He urges participants to choose a weight loss goal of up to 10 pounds and to commit to exercising and eating healthier.

Participants are given a schedule under which they are to try to exercise at least 30 minutes per day, to cut 200 calories from their regular daily eating, and to avoid their worst health habit each day.

Hahn said nearly 1,000 people have participated in the Health Olympics, and results, for those who stick with it, are impressive, with an average weight loss of 2 pounds per month.

Locations for signing up for the Health Olympics include Tri-State Community Health Center, Rankin Fitness Center, War Memorial Hospital, and Curves locations in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and Hancock.

Every Thursday evening throughout the Health Olympics Hahn will also host a Walk with the Doctor, during which participants can exercise and ask health-related questions.

Each Walk with the Doctor will feature guest appearances by local luminaries.

Opening events are planned for both Hancock and Berkeley Springs. On Monday, April 2, Rankin Fitness Center will host an opening party. Participants can sign up for the Health Olympics at these events.

On staff at Tri-State since 2000, Hahn is one of three family physicians at the clinic, which is next to the Hancock Community Center on High Street.

There also are two nurse practitioners and one pediatrican on staff.

For information, contact Dr. Hahn by telephone at 301-678-7256 or by e-mail at

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