Walk with a Doc May 5, Jenny Van Winkle OBGYN

April 27, 2018

Jenny Van Winkle, OBGYN with Haywood Regional Medical Center, will be hosting the next Walk with a Doc program on Sat. May 5 10 am at Lake Junaluska Kern Center (adjacent to the pool). Come meet and greet the newest OBGYN and discuss cervical cancer screenings.

“The screening guidelines for cervical cancer has changed over the years. If you are a woman between the ages of 21 and 65, chances are you’ve become accustomed to getting your yearly pap smear which isn’t necessarily the recommendation now. With advances in medical knowledge, pap smear screening guidelines has evolved. Now the recommendation is every three years for women 21-20 and 30-65 should receive a pap-test every five years,” says Van Winkle. “Keep in mind, those guidelines are also for women with average-risk.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cervical cancer is highly preventable due to screening tests and the availability of a vaccine to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) infections. When cervical cancer is found early, it is highly treatable and associated with long survival and good quality of life. Cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States. However, in the past 40 years, the number of cases of cervical cancer and the number of deaths from cervical cancer have decreased significantly. This decline largely is the result of many women getting regular Pap tests.

Van Winkle says, “You can come talk to me at our Walk with a Doc about this important topic and ask any questions. I’m grateful that I am getting the opportunity to speak about this matter and have a discussion with women to hopefully improve their knowledge on screenings. We will also be able to work on overall health by walking the lake!”

Van Winkle advises speaking with your OBGYN specifically about your health care needs. To make an appointment with a Haywood Regional OBGYN, please call 828.452.5042 or visit HaywoodWomensCare.org.

Walk with a Doc is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country. “This program had tremendous participation and success in our area last year,” said Kate Queen, MD, rheumatologist with Haywood Regional. “Last year we had more than 360 walkers come out taking roughly 128,600 steps during the program. It’s an opportunity to encourage healthy lifestyle, and meet and talk with our physicians about topics that interest, or maybe even concern you.”

According to the Walk with a Doc organization, walking as little as 30 minutes a day can provide these benefits, as well:

  1. Improve chances of healthy pregnancy
  2. Reduces pain and disability
  3. Enhances quality of life
  4. May help reduce the risk of dementia

For a list of 100 reasons to walk visit WalkwithaDoc.org/Why-walk.

Haywood Regional will be hosting a Walk with a Doc event on the first Saturday of every month April – October at Lake Junaluska Kern Center.  For more information about the local Walk with a Doc schedule and upcoming topics or physicians, visit MyHaywoodRegional.com/WalkwithaDoc or watch for updates on the Haywood Regional Facebook page at Facebook.com/MyHaywoodRegional. 

About Jenny Van Winkle, MD

Dr. Van Winkle is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her medical degree from Texas A&M Health Science Center – College of Medicine and completed her residency at The Methodist Hospital – Houston Obstetrics & Gynecology in Houston, TX.  Her special interests and training include prenatal care, family planning, infertility evaluations and treatment, laparoscopic and vaginal surgeries, well-woman exams, colposcopy and LEEP (Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure) procedures, hysteroscopy and menopausal care. Van Winkle is also fluent in Spanish.