Walking for Wellness/Get Fit Maryland

Overview: Taking the first step toward a healthier life may be as simple as putting on a pedometer, a small electronic device that counts the number of steps you take each day. In this interview, Dr. Verlyn Warrington talks about how using a pedometer can help motivate you to improve your health by increasing your physical activity. Dr. Warrington is a family medicine physician at the University of Maryland Medical Center and an assistant professor of family and community medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

She is also the medical director of Get Fit Maryland, a walking and wellness program from the University of Maryland Medical Center, University of Maryland School of Medicine and Merritt Athletic Clubs. Participants in the program strive to take 10,000 steps each day in order to decrease their risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems. In this interview with Sharon Boston, Dr. Warrington also offers some suggestions on how to increase your step count.