Summer Walk With A Doc Events at Park Place Mall

The Pima County Medical Society is hosting indoor summer Walk With A Doc events at Park Place Mall starting Saturday, May 29. Dr. Laurie Dodd will be leading these events and discussing various Lifestyle Medicine topics.  All walks will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Sears Court at the northeast entrance of the mall shared by Sears and Total Wine. The walk will make three trips around the mall and should conclude by 9:00 a.m.  The summer schedule is as follows:

August 25 – Carbohydrates, Fats and Proteins

If you have any questions regarding the Walk With a Doc events, please contact Dennis Carey at or call 795-7985

Upcoming Outdoor Walk With A Doc Events

Here is the schedule for upcoming Walk With A Doc events. All events are held at 8:00 a.m. at the Rillito River Park ramada east of Swan Road on the south bank.  Walkers can cover a level 1.2 or 2.4 mile course:

September 15 (Note this is one week later than originally scheduled)  – Dr. David Friedman, Allergist from Allergy Partners of Arizona

September 22 – Dr. Laurie Dodd discusses the benefits of lifestyle medicine

October 13 – TBD

October 27 – Dr. Laurie Dodd discusses the benefits of lifestyle medicine

November 10 – Dr. Rebecca Franzi-Osborne, Internal Medicine from Northwest Allied Physicians.

November 17 – Dr. Laurie Dodd discusses the benefits of lifestyle medicine

December 8 – Dr. Ron Widman, Emergency Medicine Specialist

Stick to that resolution to get more active – just walk!

That’s the message Pima County Medical Society (PCMS) is giving as a way to encourage Tucsonans to get out and move. And the physician organization plans to help you get started.

PCMS has joined a national movement to get patients to walk a mile with a doc on scheduled Saturdays throughout the year. Each walk is led by a physician who gives a brief overview of the benefits of exercise and answers general health questions during the outing.

“All of our missions involve improving public health,” said Bill Fearneyhough, PCMS executive director, “We want Tucsonans to become more active and one way to do that is to show them they indeed can walk a mile.”

Health benefits:

  • Reduces the risk of coronary heart disease
  • Improves blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Reduces the risk of osteoporosis
  • Aids in maintaining body weight and lowers the risk of obesity
  • Enhances mental well-being
  • Reduces the risk of breast and colon cancer
  • Improves blood lipid profile
  • Reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes

The walks are open to anyone and the course is generally flat. Wear comfortable shoes. You may bring a cane or walking stick, and a bottle of water. Be sure to dress for the temperatures. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the walk start. Use the parking lot on the east side of Swan, just south of the wash. The group meets at the ramada by the water fountain. For questions or schedule call Dennis Carey at 795-7985.

Just Walk – a walk with a doc – is a program founded in 2005 by David Sabgir MD, a board-certified cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio.  It has spread to 40 sites throughout the country.  Just Walk is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging healthy physical activities for people of all ages and fitness levels.

For more information about Just Walk, log onto

Be A Walk With A Doc Doc

PCMS is looking for event leaders for the upcoming Walk With A Doc events. This is an excellent opportunity for our members to reach out to our community in a very informal setting. Physicians are asked to make a short presentation on his area of expertise or interest. Walkers hike along an easy 2.4 mile path and continue the conversation and ask questions. It is open to all ages and there is no charge. This is also an excellent way to encourage your patients, family, friends and staff to be active. We will fill the spots on a first come, first scheduled basis. You don’t have to lead and event to join us.