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May 2010

Medical news, inspiring stories, and more!

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Join the Walking Club

This month, we want to help you get fit so we've dedicated our entire e-letter to the Walking Club! Families, groups, schools and companies are starting walking programs to get fit, using free resources developed by our Rehabilitation Services Department and presented by the CardioVascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). Learn what some businesses, including Boston's Lenox Hotel, are doing to get their employees moving toward better health.
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Leading Edge:

Tips for a Better Walking Workout

Did you know there is a proper way to walk? Learn how to get the biggest physical benefit from your walking program by practicing proper technique. BIDMC's physical therapist Kathy Shillue gives five practical tips to help you get on the road to better health through walking. Watch video >>

Clinical Corner:

Picking the Perfect Walking Shoe

When you're in the shoe store trying to select a comfortable walking shoe, you may feel like you're looking for the needle in the haystack. Leather, nylon and canvas…cross trainers or running shoes…where do you begin? Learn more >>

Health & Hope:

John Pomfred's Story

Luckily, John Pomfred's heart attack happened in the hospital. Today, after emergency bypass surgery and a Rip Van Winkle-like coma, he is walking again with his wife and dogs. Read John's story >>

The Heart of BIDMC:

Carine Corsaro, Exercise Physiologist

Carine Corsaro has a busy schedule like many of us balancing work, school and personal obligations. Still, she always makes sure she fits at least a little movement into every day. As an exercise physiologist, Corsaro is part physical trainer, part motivator at the Tanger Be Well Center. She works with employees and patients to help them learn to manage their own physical well-being. Read more >>

Health Headlines:

NEiA Teams with BIDMC for Fun Animations

Cartoons are fun to sit and watch. But these cartoons have a mission. To get adults and kids up and moving. The mini-movies were created by six students at the New England Institute of Art (NEiA), with music by a student at the Berklee College of Music. Read more and watch animations>>

Study Shows Walking Good For People with PAD

Walking is beneficial for lots of reasons, and one of its key benefits is its role in protecting our hearts. Zoltan Arany, MD, PhD, a scientist in BIDMC's Cardiovascular Research Institute, investigates the biological mechanisms of cardiac health and disease. Read more >>

Eliot School Joins Walking Club

Teachers and seventh graders from Boston's Eliot K-8 School are piloting a new, free kit designed to get students up and moving. The 20-page walking kit, created by clinicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, aims to motivate youngsters to start a walking program with a member of their own family and to track their progress over time. Read more >>