Newport physicians run to promote healthy living, set example for patients

The staff at the Oakwood Healthcare Center—Newport are promoting healthy lifestyles inside and outside the clinic.

In an effort to show patients the benefits of physical fitness, clinic physicians and staff recently traded in their scrubs and stethoscopes for running shoes and sport watches.

Lily Go, MD, Anna Hehl-Bisson, MD and Anke Robinson, MD are physicians at the Newport practice, who participated in the “Raise the Roof” 5K run. They were joined by Debbie Porreca, RN and medical assistants Stacy Sheedy and Sara Reiman.

The race, hosted by St. Paul Lutheran Church, took place at Civic Center Park in Woodhaven. The group decided to run the race together after Porreca, a member of the church, mentioned it in the office.

“We want to promote exercise and healthy living among our patients and staff, and thought that this would be a good place to start,” said Dr. Go. “Health benefits from running include weight reduction, improvement of heart and lung function and a decreased risk of osteoporosis, to name a few.”

Each member of the Oakwood Healthcare Center – Newport team finished the 3.1 mile race in less than 46 minutes.

“It’s important that our patients see that physical fitness events like this are beneficial to individual health and can be truly fun,” added Dr. Go, “We will definitely consider participating in similar events, as a team, in the future.”
CUTLINE: Anna Hehl-Bisson, MD, Lily Go, MD, Sara Reiman, Deb Porreco, RN, Anke Robinson, MD and Stacy Sheedy pose for a photo after running the “Raise the Roof 5k” in Woodhaven.