Practitioner Stories
Jessica Everman

Waukon, Iowa

Jessica Everman Writes Walking Prescriptions to Empower Local Patients to Put Their Best Foot Forward

As a Physician’s Assistant at Veteran’s Memorial Hospital in Waukon, Jessica Everman is busy. But choosing to incorporate walking prescriptions into her practice makes sense. When we caught up with Everman recently, she told us “Promoting walking is evidenced-based. I regularly recommend walking for all of my patients to address chronic conditions and to improve their health. Walking can help address obesity, hypertension, diabetes, arthritis… all chronic conditions.”

Everman filled us in on her love of Northeast Iowa scenery, and the real reason she’d like to see other health care professionals put pen to paper around walking. “I want the prescription to provide a real prompt for the patient to be motivated as well as serving as a reminder they can refer to … on their refrigerator or calendar.”

Jessica’s own favorite regional walking routes include Trout Run Trail and the  river trail alongside the Upper Iowa River in Decorah. We look forward to spotting Everman on the trails this spring and summer, and salute her efforts to get her patient’s walking and connecting with each other and so much gorgeous Driftless scenery.