The second group will be given only a pedometer and verbal instructions to walk. Doctors will regularly monitor both groups’ medical statistics – such items as blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and cholesterol.
To be part of the study, patients must be at least 18 years old, have a BMI of 27 or higher (at risk for obesity) and have had no major health events, such as a heart attack, stroke or loss of sensation in the feet. Everyone will be given a free pair of Asics walking shoes for the study.
“Our walking study helps cement two important concepts,” said Bryan Caldwell, the principal investigating podiatrist in the study and a professor at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. “We have known for years of the health benefits of walking, as well as the positive impact a podiatrist’s guidance can have on his or her patient’s health. We hope the combination of the two will result in a positive outcome for people who struggle with their weight on a daily basis and will ultimately save lives.”
Obesity follows smoking as the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States. The condition is generally caused by poor diet and lack of exercise. “Implementation of a viable walking program under the care of a podiatrist has great potential,” said APMA President David Schofield.