Waco Family Medicine Walk With a Doc
February is Heart Health Month and we’re celebrating with an adventure! Show your heart some love by joining Walk with a Doc, a safe, fun, and FREE place to get some steps, learn about health, and meet new friends.
Walk with a Doc was started in 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio. Frustrated with his inability to affect 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 doctor gives a brief presentation on a health topic and then leads participants on a walk at their own pace. The Walk focused on building a program that could easily be implemented by interested doctors 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 is one of the best things you can do for your health. Many diseases, conditions, and ailments can be prevented or even healed by participating in regular physical activity. Fortunately, even moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as walking can provide these health benefits.
Benefits of Walking
- Physical and mental benefits
- Maintaining or obtaining a healthy weight
- Decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer
- Decreased blood pressure and improved cholesterol
- Prevention and management of type 2 diabetes and arthritis pain
- Lowered risk of depression and improved mood
Our next Waco walk will be on Thursday, February 17, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Community Gathering Space, 1610 Providence Drive. All future walks will be held on the 3rd Thursday of every month.