Health: A change of pace for Harbin Clinic’s Walk With a Doc in July.  Floyd adds workshop for dads-to-be.

Health: A change of pace for Harbin Clinic’s Walk With a Doc in July. Floyd adds workshop for dads-to-be.


Dr. Kathryn Carroll and Dr. John-Scott Carroll.


Harbin Clinic’s Walk With a Doc in downtown Rome is following a different route this month. Plus there’s a midpoint “bonus” in July as well.

Dr. Kathryn Carroll of Pediatrics Rome and Dr. John-Scott Carroll of Family Medicine Rome invite you to join them on Saturday, July 20, at 9 a.m. at Bridgepoint Plaza for a walk along the Oostanaula River with views of downtown.

Local folk artist Charles Wimpee.

Another twist this month will be a midroute stop at the Harbin Clinic Gallery at Makervillage in the River District area on North Fifth Avenue. Walkers will enjoy the work of local folk artist Charles Wimpee at the new exhibit, “A Painted Life.”

At 85 years old, Wimpee tells stories of his life through his folk art, which he has enjoyed sharing with his fellow residents at The Gardens of Rome retirement home, as well as at Finster Fest at Paradise Garden in Summerville.

The gallery will honor Mr. Wimpee with a reception for the exhibit from 10 a.m. until noon on July 20. Walk with a Doc participants will enjoy a stop at the event to view the work and have a chance to talk with Wimpee before heading back to Bridgepoint Plaza.

Afterwards, walkers are encouraged to take advantage of the chance to purchase fresh, local produce and other items at the Between the Rivers Farmers Market (hours 8:30-11 a.m.).

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Floyd adds workshop for dads-to-be: Men who will soon be first-time fathers can gain insight and advice from experienced dads during a new workshop offered by Floyd. Boot Camp for New Dads provides an opportunity for dads-to-be to learn about a variety of topics and get advice from veteran dads so they can have the confidence to be great fathers.

There have been more than 350,000 “graduates” of 260 Boot Camps for New Dads nationwide, making it the largest program for new dads in the U.S. Topics that are covered during the workshop include:

  • Learning to be involved in a baby’s care and parenting as a team
  • How to soothe a crying baby
  • Baby blues vs. post-partum depression
  • Newborn safety

The first workshop will take place on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. – noon at Floyd Emergency Medical Services, 500 Riverside Parkway, Rome. Breakfast will be provided. Men typically attend the workshop one to two months before their first baby arrives.

The cost is $25 and includes the book Crash Course for Dads-To-Be, which contains practical advice from veteran dads. You can register online at

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