BEACON ORTHOPAEDICS & SPORTS MEDICINE’S DR. MICHAEL SWANK PROMOTING WALK30 EVENT
February 21, 2023
July 23rd highlights benefits of walking 30 minutes a day
CINCINNATI – A walk a day helps keep the doctor away.
Michael Swank, M.D., a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon at Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, has learned from his years in practice that if he could convince people to walk 30 minutes a day, they would be healthier, live better lives and not be in his office.
“The impact of walking 30 minutes a day is truly amazing, and people just don’t fully understand that,” said Dr. Swank, who specializes in hip and knee surgeries. “Walking helps reduce the risks of Alzheimer’s and heart disease. It counters the obesity epidemic and is a tremendous way for post-operative patients to regain mobility.
“Creating a true walking community would have far greater impact that all of the hip and knee replacement surgeries I do,” he said.
Dr. Swank is so convinced about the benefits of walking that he created the Walk30 program, a physician-backed movement to bring awareness to the benefits of walking 30 minutes a day. He is now promoting an event that he hopes will encourage people to get up, go out and start walking.
On July 23, Beacon and the Fleet Feet running stores of Cincinnati are sponsoring Walk30, an event designed to promote walking 30 minutes a day.
“The Walk30 Event is not a race or about how fast you go,” Dr. Swank said. “It is designed to form a habit of walking 30 minutes a day.”
Following is the itinerary for the Walk30 Event, which will be held at 50 E. Business Way, which is off of Kemper Road in Sharonville:
- 9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. opening comments.
- 9:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. warm-up.
- 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. walk.
- 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. cool down and closing remarks.
Walkers can learn more about the event and register here.
Dr. Swank has also worked to build a walking community at The Cincinnati Nature Center in Clermont County. One of his patients even created walking sticks to help motivate his patients to walk.
“Walking communities, walking events and walking sticks help motivate people and help capture their imagination,” he said. “People aren’t sure how to get started. That’s what we are trying to do, because once most people start walking every day, they start feeling better and they don’t want to stop.”
Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is Ohio’s largest orthopaedic practice. Since 1996, Beacon Orthopaedics has helped thousands of patients overcome injuries and improve their quality of life. Beacon Orthopaedics provides medical direction and coverage for over 30 local high schools, five college athletics programs, and professional teams including the Cincinnati Reds.
About Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
Established in 1996, Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine has helped thousands of patients overcome injuries and improve their quality of life. Beacon Orthopaedics provides medical direction and coverage for over 30 local high schools, five college athletics programs, and professional teams including the Cincinnati Reds. With 16 locations across Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeastern Indiana, Beacon offers instant access to comprehensive orthopedic care, including sports medicine, physical therapy, athletic training, imaging services, regenerative medicine, as well as surgical procedures involving neck, spine, shoulder, elbow, hand, hip, knee, foot and ankle repair, reconstruction, and replacement. Beacon is the founding group of OrthoAlliance, a patient-centered, physician-led management services organization designed to help orthopaedic physicians grow and thrive in an evolving healthcare landscape. Since its founding OrthoAlliance has successfully grown into one of the leading platforms in the country.