WWAD Founder Leads Special Tucson Events

.David Sabgir, MD, founder of the Walk With A Doc program, attended the American College of Lifestyle Medicine Conference at the Westin LaPaloma Resort in Tucson. He took the opportunity to host two Walk With A Doc events on the resort grounds on October 24 and 25.

Walk With A Doc Founder David Sabgir, MD led two special walks in Tucson.

Pima County Medical Society members and local Walk With A Doc participants were invited to join conference attendees and learn more about the program. Approximately 30 walkers joined Dr. Sabgir for each of the walks along the LaPaloma walking path. Sabgir was also a keynote speaker at the conference.

PCMS was one of the early participants in the program now entering its seventh year as a chapter.  Based in Columbus, Ohio, Walk With A Doc now has 320 chapters in 40 states and is looking to add more.

“Pima County has been with us nearly from the beginning.  Those early chapters were extremely important as it helped keep the program moving forward,” Sabgir said. “We certainly wouldn’t be where we are now without those who started with us. I feel very appreciative of what the Society has been doing over the years and we hope we continue our excellent relationship.”


Surgeon Taylor Riall MD hosts April 14 Walk Event

Taylor Riall, acting chair for the Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson will lead the PCMS Walk With A Doc event on April 24, 2018 at Rillito River Park starting at 8:00 a.m. Dr. Riall is internationally known for her work on comparative effectiveness (research comparing different treatments to understand the right treatment, for the right patient, in the right setting) and patient-centered cancer and general surgery outcomes.

Walkers sign in at the ramada east of Swan Bridge on the south bank.  Physicians are encouraged to urge patients to participate in the program. The walk covers a one- or two-mile course on level ground. Please contact Dennis Carey at 795-7985 or dcarey5199@gmail.com with questions.

New Walks Added to Discuss Benefits of Lifestyle Medicine

The Pima County Medical Society is adding an additional Walk With A Doc event each month in 2018. The additional events are led by Laurie Dodd MD, PhD. Dr. Dodd is an alumnus of the University of Arizona and a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine like Walk With a Doc founder David Sabgir, MD.  Dr Dodd will discuss how the benefits of introducing Lifestyle Medicine habits, such as walking, can improve health.

The walks featuring Dr. Dodd, like the other Walk With A Doc events, will start at 8:00 a.m. at Rillito River Park at the ramada east of Swan Bridge on the south bank.  The schedule is listed below.  Summer indoor walks with Dr. Dodd may be added in the future. Please contact Dennis Carey at 795-7985 or dcarey5199@gmail.com with questions about any of these events.

Upcoming 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:

April 14 – Dr. Taylor Riall –  Acting Chair, Department of Surgery and the Chief of the Division of General Surgery/Surgical Oncology, University of Arizona College of Medicine

April 28 – Dr. Laurie Dodd discusses the benefits of lifestyle medicine.

September 8 – TBD

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. Serena Scott from the Arizona Center on Aging

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

In 2017, walks are scheduled for 8 a.m. on September 9, October 14 November 11 and December 9. Walks in 2018 are scheduled for January 13, February 10, March 10 and April 14.

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 www.walkwithadoc.org.

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.