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Cleveland doctor starts 'Sole Steppers' to get women walking

Posted: 5:36 PM, Mar 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-23 08:49:29-04
Cleveland Clinic

They call themselves Sole Steppers. Linda Bradley, M.D. put the initiative together last summer. Since then, a consistent following of dozens of women meet twice weekly to walk.

It’s a prescription that Dr. Bradley offers outside her office.

“In the African American community, movement is not a part of the culture, in general, in the day-to-day,” said Dr. Bradley. “Sometimes, you just need a spark.”

For years, even before joining the healthcare field, Dr. Bradley wanted to be that spark.

“I’m the first African American staff physician at the Cleveland Clinic,” said Dr. Bradley. “it’s always great to be the pioneer, the first in something, but you never want to be the last.”

Bradley grew up in Cleveland. She’s made it her mission to address health concerns among women in the African American community.

“We call it a prescription for life, a prescription for health,” said Dr. Bradley. “Just was the doctor ordered.”