Doctors lead walks to help promote healthy habits
Updated: Jun 26, 2019
For the second year in a row, we have had the pleasure of having 'Walk with a Doc" type events on the Walktober (Walking Month) calendar. Both Dr. Amanda Dornfeld and Dr. Helen Kinsey have taken time out of their busy schedules to help us to spread the joy of walking to their patients and other community members. We love to see our local doctors helping to promote walking as part of a healthy lifestyle!
Walk with a Doc is a program that began as a grassroots movement in 2005. Dr. Sabgir, a cardiologist from Columbus, Ohio, noticed that few of his patients were as active as they should be, and decided to start a walking group. The Walk with a Doc program has since been adopted in cities in 42 states. There are now 263 official chapters of Walk with a Doc, with over 100,000 walkers (estimated) in 2016. Not much is required to start an official Walk with a Doc program - just a board-certified physician and a safe place to walk!
While it is great to see doctors helping to promote healthy lifestyles, anyone can start a walking group. There are many resources available to help you get started. In particular, the American Heart Association has a lot of useful information on starting your own walking club. If you're interested in starting a local walking group - Walk with a Doc or otherwise - we would love to help! Please contact us for some tips on how to get started.