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Geisinger orthopaedic surgeon to participate in national health initiative


CONTACT: Matthew Van Stone: 570-808-3652 
March 1, 2013

DANVILLE, Pa. — Geisinger’s chairman of orthopaedic surgery, Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH, FACS, has been invited to participate in the Every Body Walk Collaborative in Washington D.C. on March 4. The initiative held by the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health is aimed at increasing exercise and activity among Americans.

One of just a few physicians invited from across the country, Dr. Suk will help develop and shape methods to increase visibility of the Call to Action on Walking, proposed by Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin. The one-day session will bring together researchers and academics representing a wide-range of institutions, professional organizations and private industries throughout the country to provide insight on making the national Call to Action initiative effective.

“Having spent much of my career working toward a more active America, being involved in discussions and brainstorming sessions with many talented individuals allows me and my colleagues to continue our commitment to wellness for all people across the country,” Dr. Suk said. “This national program is a worthwhile endeavor to get people moving to improve their overall health.”

Bringing his unique perspective to the table as a practicing orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Suk will participate in dialogue, presentations and engagement with other professionals. The Call to Action on Walking was designed by the Surgeon General to function as a catalyst to address a major public health issue of inactivity and obesity.

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