The Walk with a Doc 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.
Local doctors and other health care professionals join their patients and other members of the community for scheduled walks to talk about health-related topics while being physically active.
In October 2017, Middlesex County's Office of Health Services started collaborating with Walk with a Doc outreach to provide everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle in the Middlesex communities. What better way to start your day than on your feet making strides to help your heart and improving your general health to live longer! While you walk at your own pace, you'll have the opportunity to have questions answered by local health care providers.
Walk with a Doc started in 2005 by David Sabgir, a cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio. Frustrated with his inability to effect behavior 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. A health care professional gives a brief presentation on a health topic and then leads participants on a walk at their own pace. Healthy snacks, coffee, and blood pressure checks are an optional part of a Walk with a Doc event. The Walk added an Executive Director in 2009 and focused on building a program that could easily be implemented by interested health care professionals in other cities around the country. As a result of these efforts, the reach of Walk with a Doc now extends all around the globe with over 500 chapters
worldwide. including Walk with a Future Doc
chapters led by medical students!
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.
Will you join us in making health and happiness
accessible for all?
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