Harbin Clinic is celebrating another year of complete care for Northwest Georgia after hosting a myriad of community events impacting thousands of people of all ages. Through a focus of helping others live a healthy life, Harbin Clinic’s initiatives care completely for everyone.

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There was green as far as the eye could see on March 17th, 2018 as 1,500 runners and walkers descended on Downtown Rome for the Harbin Clinic Leprechaun-a-thon. The race marked the beginning of an eventful race series that Harbin Clinic sponsored throughout the year. With costumes featuring glow-in-the-dark necklaces and a green-lit foam area for post-race play, the nighttime 5K and Health Walk was a hit for all ages.

Harbin Clinic physician Dr. JC Abdou of Radiation Oncology Rome got the lucky runners going at the starting line at Bridgepoint Plaza, and Dr. Jennifer Barbieri of Pulmonary Medicine Rome lead the start for the health walkers.

In the fall, heroes and villains alike ran rampant about Ridge Ferry Park for the Harbin Hero Hustle on the afternoon of September 29th. Over 750 runners left their alter egos at home and let their true identities shine for the event. Fearless heroes ran (and walked) alongside treacherous villains throughout the river-side course that featured obstacles for participants to overcome during the race.

Harbin Clinic physician Dr. Marc Dean of the Women’s Center in Rome started the race off with a bang and the runners soared. Each participant zoomed over the finish line to be greeted by larger than life Spiderman and Batman.

Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation was the beneficiary of the proceeds from Harbin’s Leprechaun-a-thon and Hero Hustle. Additionally, during the Hero Hustle, a total donation of $4,250 was given to local charities Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center, Living Proof Recovery, Summit Quest, RLT Prime Timers and Sweet Cocoon as part of the Harbin Hero Challenge.

This year for the first time ever, Harbin sponsored a race in Cartersville. Feathers were flying on the morning of November 17th when over 500 gobblers and wobblers trotted to the finish line at Sam Smith Park for the Harbin Clinic Turkey Trot benefiting the United Way of Bartow County.

Dr. Jason Andersen of Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Cartersville gave the start signal for the gobblers and wobblers on the frigid morning. At the finish line, Dr. Donna Gregory of Family Medicine Cartersville was there to hand out frozen turkeys to all age group winners, and medals to all the gobblers who placed.

Walking Towards Wellness

In the spirit of health walks and community-centric endeavors, Harbin Clinic and the Rome Historic Preservation Commission joined forced for Hike through History, a health walk that drew over 150 Romans to the picturesque views of Myrtle Hill on May 11th, 2018.

Food truck fare from Speakcheesy and Swift & Finch, acoustic music from the Barbaric Yawps, and a focus on healthy habits made the event a huge success. The historic hill was brought to life by local historians Russell McClanahan and Anne Culpepper, who divulged the rich history of the cemetery and those buried there, while families enjoyed a picnic atmosphere with a giant game of checkers and corn hole.

But that’s not all the walking Harbin sponsored in 2018. The third Saturday of each month allowed Romans to gain some extra miles as well as knowledge about health topics with the Harbin Clinic Walk with a Doc series. More than 300 dedicated walkers strolled the surrounding trails beginning at Bridgepoint Plaza from the months of April through October.

At each event, Harbin Clinic physicians provided knowledge to community members about the benefits of walking consistently.

Dr. Jennifer Barbieri kicked off the year speaking to over 100 walkers about the Freddie Giles Foundation, supporting ALS education and awareness to the public. The following months were led by numerous physicians including Dr. Frank Stegall of Vascular Surgery & Endovascular Intervention Rome and Dr. Himanshu Patel of Cardiology Rome, each explaining the benefits of walking when it comes to each walker’s heart and vascular system.

Physicians who shared the benefits on walking in reference to their specialty also included Dr. Chris Nelson of Chiropractic Rome as well as Dr. Jim Crane of Urology Rome and Dr. Brandon Miller of ENT & Allergy Cartersville and Rome.

The final Walk with a Doc of the year came on October 20th and featured Dr. Paul Brock who discussed the benefits of walking regularly from the perspective of a general surgeon by saying, “The more regularly someone walks to maintain a healthy lifestyle, the less likely they’ll be to end up on my OR table.”

Living Well and Kicking Bad Habits

While Harbin’s focus on fitness is strong, helping people improve their health through lifestyle changes is a key component of community wellness. Harbin offers a series of free health workshops for this goal.

People can learn how to manage chronic illnesses at the Living Well series and also get the support they need to put down cigarettes at the Kick the Habit Smoking Cessation workshop. More information about Kick the Habit and Living Well are available on Harbin’s facebook page.

In addition to cultivating a healthy community, Harbin Clinic knows health starts from within the organization. HarbinSTRONG, a comprehensive employee wellness program does just that by providing resources, health opportunities and knowledge to employees and their families. HarbinSTRONG takes strides in reducing health and injury risks, improving food choices, and enhancing energy and well-being.

Another way Harbin encourages the community to be healthier is with a better diet. Each year, the employee wellness program HarbinSTRONG hosts a farmers market in front of 1825 Martha Berry Hwy. Fresh, organic seasonal produce is available for at the farm stand from April to November.

A Look into the Future

Beginning in January, Harbin Clinic will once again rededicate itself to caring completely for the Northwest Georgia community. Walk with a Doc returns in April 2019 with all new insights on how to add years to your life and life to your years by consistently exercising. The new year’s lineup of 5K races will be kickstarted by Harbin Clinic Leprechaun-a-thon in March, with more announcements to come soon.

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