Friday, August 22, 2014

Walk with a Doc

Physician and nurseTake a STEP toward better 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 benefits:

  • 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 exercise!  That quick stroll around the block seems a little more worthwhile now, doesn’t it?

Local Walk with a Doc Events

See our list of  upcoming dates and locations.

About Walk with a Doc Program

Walk with a Doc was created by Dr. David Sabgir, a board-certified cardiologist who practices in Ohio. 'Walk with a Doc’ strives 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.  "Just Walk" is a free, non-profit program for anyone interested in taking steps for their health.

Walks will take place as scheduled, weather permitting.

What to Expect

Walks are held on Saturdays mornings and last about an hour each.  Each event starts with a physician giving a quick 10-15 minutes talk about healthful living, followed by about 30 minutes of walking around a local park.

Resources

Walk with a Doc
Walk with a Doc is a national walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle.  Find walk information, locations, buy gear, and sign up to become a part of a national movement to better our communities and our patients. http://www.walkwithadoc.org/

Everybody Walk!
Every Body Walk! is an online educational campaign aimed at getting Americans up and moving. Every Body Walk! provides news and resources on walking, health information, walking maps, how to find walking groups, a personal pledge form to start walking, as well as a place to share stories about individual experiences with walking. A FREE Every Body Walk! App is also available that enables you to personalize your walking plan, connect with walking communities, and learn about the latest fitness trends and tips, and more from your phone. http://everybodywalk.org/

Exercise is Medicine
Exercise is Medicine is a nonprofit initiative launched by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Medical Association (AMA) to make physical activity and exercise a standard part of a global disease prevention and treatment medical paradigm. Exercise is Medicine provides an array of resources for physicians &healthcare providers, health & fitness professionals and the public such as fliers, newsletters, handouts, guidelines, PSAs, videos, and much more. http://exerciseismedicine.org/

Become a Walk Leader/Volunteer

We need physician volunteers to lead walks and help promote the program to the community. 

Skills required:

  • Enjoy walking and the benefits associated with it
  • Enthusiastic
  • Enjoy meeting, motivating people, and sharing the benefits of walking

To volunteer, contact SSVMS at (916)453-0254 or cserf@ssvms.org

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