Walk With A Doc
Make Your Calendar
We will be featuring a new FREE Walk with a Doc event on the third Thursday of each month starting at 5:30 p.m.!
At each monthly walk, one of our providers will give a brief presentation on a health topic and then leads participants on a walk at their own pace. Healthy snacks and blood pressure checks are also typically a standard part of a Walk with a Doc event.
Will you join us in making health and happiness accessible for all?
Did You Know
Walk with a Doc was started in 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio. Frustrated with his inability to affect behavioral change in the clinical setting, Dr. Sabgir invited his patients to go for a walk with him in a local park on a spring Saturday morning. To his surprise, over 100 people showed up, energized and ready to move.
Since that first event in 2005, Walk with a Doc has grown as a grassroots effort, with a model based on sustainability and simplicity. At each monthly walk, one of our providers will give a brief presentation on a health topic and then leads participants on a walk at their own pace. Healthy snacks and blood pressure checks are also typically a standard part of a Walk with a Doc event.
As a result of these efforts, the reach of Walk with a Doc now extends all around the globe with over 300 chapters worldwide! Walking was recently recognized by the Surgeon General of the United States of America as one of the single most important things we can do for our health.
According to the American Heart Association, walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity. Think it doesn’t do any good? Think again. Walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can have the following health benefits1:
- Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
- Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
- Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity
- Enhance mental well-being
- Improve blood lipid profile
- Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
- Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer
- Reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes
Walking is low impact; easier on the joints than running. It is safe – with a doctor’s okay – for people with orthopedic ailments, heart conditions, and those who are more than 20% overweight. In addition, research has shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise1! That quick stroll around the block seems a little more worthwhile now, doesn’t it?
¹American Heart Assoication, americanhearth.org