October 26, 2023
Medical weight loss is more than a prescription and some doctor’s appointments. To be successful, medical weight loss patients must adopt lifestyle changes that include what they eat and how they move their bodies. Feeling connected to others on the same journey helps them achieve their goals. It was this thought that prompted Jacqueline Cameron, MD, a weight loss specialist at Hartford HealthCare Digestive Health Institute in Norwich, to create the Mystic Movers Walking Club. With team members from the office, Dr. Cameron hopes to provide information, motivation and inspiration to anyone looking to lead a healthier lifestyle. Mystic Movers meets the fourth Saturday of each month at 8am. behind Pink Basil Restaurant in Olde Mistick Village. Participants can choose to walk one of three routes – half a mile, 1.16 miles and two miles. “Mystic Movers is for everyone, of all ages, ability levels,” says Dr. Cameron. “We will walk at whatever pace is needed because physical activity is necessary to be a healthy person. It’s not just weight loss, it’s not just calories, it’s what our bodies need to be healthy. We’re here to do that with others because a lot of times it’s really hard to do it alone.” Cynthia Joiner is a medical weight loss patient who drove from Manchester to join Mystic Movers on its inaugural outing in August. “I decided to do this ride to keep up my activity level, meet some new friends and have a great time. It’s a great way to start your morning,” she says. In addition, Joiner participates in a weight loss support group on Facebook and often makes plans to meet other patients to walk as a way to stick to her exercise routine and stay motivated.