Local Businesses support Physicians to Children’s Walking Challenge

ROANOKE, VA (August 3, 2022) — The staff at Physicians to Children are rising to the challenge to positively impact their health and the community. Dr. Mark McBride has been passionately gearing up for the Steppin’ It Up, Walk With Purpose August wellness event for his staff. His vision began with a four week walking challenge for staff during the month of August. That quickly grew into a 5 week challenge, weekly sponsors for the charitable contribution portion, and more participation than he imagined.

The mission of Physicians to Children (P to C) is to Provide quality, compassionate, and accessible health care now and for generations to come. This walking challenge demonstrates the commitment to that mission and illustrates that in order to live out that mission, it starts with those who provide the care.

Participants will have the opportunity to earn up to $ 2,750 for various local pediatric charities, thanks to several generous sponsors such as Blue Eagle Credit Union, First Citizens Bank, Glenn Feldmann Darby & Goodlatte Attorneys, Entre’ Computer Center, Brown Edwards and Company, The Shoe Doctor, Parkway Pediatric Dentistry, Bank of Botetourt, Reopelle Orthodontics and their own accounting firm for P to C.

A local family in the practice stepped up as the large grand prize sponsor. Dr. McBride share, “This local family supports the mission and goals of the exercise challenge: to be healthier in order to take care of the patients we serve.” Another generous family in the practice sponsored a blog page. Thanks to Liz Frankl of Frankl Creative, who set up the blog site, so that progress during the 5-week challenge can be easily shared with those interested in following along. “So far, more than 25 other businesses have made extraordinary donations to our cause to offer support and prizes to our competitive staff throughout the challenge. This outpouring of support can only be seen as an endorsement of how important exercise is to our mental and physical health. We are grateful for ALL the support we have received and continue to receive each and every day!,” states Dr. McBride.

Each week the participants will hear from a speaker on a related topic of walking/exercise/mindfulness in order to keep the participants motivated and educated throughout the month. Topics include:

• Walking 101: From the PT perspective, presented by Mikel’ Yust, LPTA at Spine and Orthopedic Rehab of Virginia
• Nutrition in a Nutshell—Easy Ways to Make Healthy Choices, presented by Robyn Goodpasture who owns Fit Studio in Roanoke
• Exercise pitfalls to avoid by Brooke Martin, PT
• Tabitha Cain will speak on mindfulness practices to include walking meditations, as well as flotation for muscle & joint alignments,  nxiety, depression and PTSD, and all forms of relaxation and recovery.
• John Heil of Psychological Health*Roanoke will speak on Exercise: Because it’s fun—if you make it that way.
• Ally Bowersock, owner of Run About Sports* Roanoke will speak on exercise & metabolism and Myth Busters regarding nutrition.

Several more speakers are asking to come speak for future weeks if this challenge continues, which McBride is hoping it will.

Dr. McBride further shares, “We are appreciative of Robyn Lewis of Fleet Feet Roanoke for her free 3D imaging of feet and also providing in store experts to help with shoe fits, insoles and walking gear. Blue Eagle Credit Union, not only became a charitable contributor, but also has provided our walkers with t-shirts, which we’re grateful for as well.”

The culmination of this event will be to have one last victory lap (one mile) with the participating staff and we will be joined and welcomed by several of our founding and retired partners.

“I’m just overwhelmed by the support so far! It’s thrilling to see so many of our staff stepping up to the challenge (pun intended).” shares Dr. McBride, “We also have ideas already in motion for how we might continue the positive momentum. You can follow our progress, stories, and inspirations on the blog site”.

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