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Harbin Clinic doctors are stepping out to encourage Romans to get active this spring by taking part in the national Walk with a Doc program. The concept is simple, aimed at getting people on their feet, out in the community and healthier.

Monthly walks will commence Saturday, April 15 at Bridgepoint Plaza just off Second Avenue in Rome, at 9 a.m.

Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist Dr. Mary Margaret Beauchamp and pediatrician Dr. Caroline Yaphockun will lead the first walk.

The American Heart Association reports that one of the best ways to get started is to walk with a group. There is very little cost and it’s a relatively low-impact way to get some great exercise. All a walker needs is a pair of comfortable shoes.

“I’m writing a prescription for everyone to go outside and get moving,” Dr. Beauchamp says. “This event allows us to exercise together and talk about various health interests.”

Walking can lower the risk of health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes, strengthening bones and muscles, helping burn extra calories and helping improve mood.

“I encourage my patients and their families to come out, enjoy the weather and get some exercise,” Dr. Yaphockun says.

Both doctors recently competed in the Harbin Clinic Leprechaun-a-thon 5K race.

Mercy Care slates a prepare to work workshop

Mercy Care in Rome, 300 Chatillon Road, has scheduled a free Work Preparedness class Friday April 14 from10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Additional classes have also been scheduled for April 28 and Friday May 12. Dixie Cook said all three of the classes will take place at the Mercy Care facility in the Riverside community.

Each class will feature different topics and the information will build on the previous classes. Work Preparedness teaches job seekers how to identify and market their skills, how to match their skills to jobs that are available, how and where to network with employers, develop and refine polish a resume and much more.

The class is designed for those 40-54 years of age, but is available to a limited number of participants outside the age range. Interested people need to register in advance to attend. People can email Dixie Cook at DCook@mercyrome.orgor call Cook706-291-2128to sign up for the free series.

Va-room! - Car rally coming to Rome

Rome will serve as the finish line city for Rally North America & CJ Pony Parts “Rally Appalachia 2” this summer.

More than 70 cars and over 150 people from 31 states and three provinces in Canada are expected to complete their day at the Rome City Brewing Company on Broad Street after the final leg of three-day, 1,200-mile scavenger hunt.

Rally Appalachia 2 participants are expected to roll into Rome between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on July 13.

The vehicular scavenger hunt is a fundraiser forHopeforWarriors. Since the rally was started in 2009 the event has generated more than $640,000 for various charities.