By Wendy Sarubbi | February 7, 2012 5:13 pm

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a healthy heart!

UCF Health, the new medical practice where College of Medicine faculty physicians treat patients, is holding its inaugural “Walk with a Doc” on Tuesday, February 14 at noon at the UCF main campus. The mile-long walk around campus begins at Millican Hall.

The walk is designed to encourage participants to fit exercise into their daily lives and to provide lunch-time exercisers with an opportunity to meet doctors from the College of Medicine’s new health care facility. The first 100 participants to register at  will get an inaugural “Walk with a Doc” T-shirts and a pedometer.

February is Heart Health Month and Go Red Month for Women, both designed to increase heart health awareness and motivate change for us all. As you look for ways to improve your health, Dr. Bernard Gros, cardiologist at UCF Health, shares this motto: “Make it yours.” Instead of grudgingly coming up with a health regimen you HAVE to do, or a plan that seems to work for others, pick a plan that fits your personality and interests.

“Ask yourself, ‘What kind of exercise would be fun and relaxing to me?’” Dr. Gros said. “How about walking around the lake? Like to shop? Many shopping malls have walk-the-mall programs that provide a safe, climate-controlled spot to walk. Have a 30-minute lunch break? Eat for 15 minutes and spend the other 15 minutes walking at your workplace.”

UCF Health is a new outpatient medical facility where the college’s physician-educators practice medicine.  The practice, blocks away from UCF’s Orlando campus, includes primary care specialties such as internal medicine and family medicine as well as specialists in cardiology, geriatrics, infectious disease, sports medicine, rheumatology, nephrology, and neurology.

The practice is open to the Orlando community, accepts most major insurance carriers and treats patients ages 16 and older. To schedule an appointment, please call 407.309.4800.

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