Baptist Health Medical Center-Hot Spring County Addressing Obesity Through Community Walking Program

MALVERN, Ark. – Make strides to improve your health through the Community Walking Program offered by Baptist Health-Hot Spring County.

Through a partnership with the Baptist Health-Hot Spring County Auxiliary and a grant from the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention, a walking trail was constructed on campus spanning 1,056 feet. It’s located on the south side of the hospital, between the hospital and Sullenberger Street in Malvern.

The program provides a safe environment to walk, and is wheelchair accessible from the rear parking lot. Enrollment is free to those 18 and older, and membership entitles you to a free walker starter kit that includes a walking log, T-shirt, water bottle and pedometer.

Community Walking Program members also receive a monthly newsletter, health education classes and access to free health screenings in the community.

Walking is the most popular aerobic physical activity that helps control weight and improve overall health. A minimum of 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most days of the week can produce long-term health benefits, according to the U.S. Surgeon General.

For more information about the Community Walking Program or to join, visit or call (501) 332-1000.

Baptist Health-Hot Spring County, a 72-bed community hospital, has a long tradition of providing great patient care since it opened in 1985. Through the support of cost savings achieved from federal resources, Baptist Health-Hot Spring County continues to expand care and health education offerings to residents of Hot Spring County and surrounding areas.

Baptist Health is Arkansas’ most comprehensive health care organization with more than 200 points of access that include 11 hospitals; urgent care centers; a senior living community and over 100 primary and specialty care clinics in Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. The system additionally offers a college with studies in nursing and allied health; a graduate residency program; and access to virtual care anytime, anywhere. Baptist Health, as the largest not-for-profit health care organization based in Arkansas, provides care to patients wherever they are through the support of approximately 11,000 employees, groundbreaking treatments, renowned physicians and community outreach programs. For more information about Baptist Health, visit, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or download the myBaptistHealth app. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.