How can you learn more about improving your health, and get a chance to ask a few questions of a respected Columbus physician? Walk with a Doc!
Walk With a Doc program was started by Columbus cardiologist, David Sabgir, and is now offered worldwide!
Walk with a Doc
As we get further into a new year, most people need some motivation to keep going with their fitness program.
Here’s one: “Sitting and watching TV for long periods, especially in the evening, has got to be one of the most dangerous things that older people can do,” said Loretta DiPietro in an NPR (http://n.pr/2BweaDV) story. She’s an epidemiologist with the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.
One way for seniors–and everyone–to incorporate more activity is walking, and “Walk With a Doc” means you don’t have to do it solo.
A Columbus, Ohio cardiologist, David Sabgir, invited patients to go for a walk after realizing they weren’t changing their habits in a medical environment.
One hundred people came to walk with him and “Walk With a Doc” was born. That was in 2005.
Since then, the program (http://bit.ly/2aI16Ms) has grown to more than 300 chapters around the world.
It’s simple. At the walks, a doctor gives a short presentation on a health topic and then leads the walk.
“Walk with a Doc” has a list of 100 ways that walking improves health. There are the biggies like reducing blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, and reducing heart attacks and strokes. Among the other benefits are:
- Improving bone density and preventing osteoporosis
- Reducing joint discomfort
- Alleviating back problems
- Increasing muscle flexibility and agility
- Increasing blood flow to the brain
- Reducing worry, tension, and anxiety and enhancing mood