Dr. Roy Lowenstein kicked off the Fall 2017 Walk With A Doc series discussing the latest on weight loss research.

WWAD Founder Leads Special Tucson WWAD Events October 24-25

David Sabgir, MD, the cardiologist who started the Walk With A Doc program in Columbus, Ohio 10 years ago, will lead two walks at the Tucson Westin La Paloma Resort on October 24 and 25. Both walks will begin at 6:30 a.m. next to the fountain at the main entrance to the resort.  They will last approximately one hour. There is no charge to participate in the event, but we ask that you RSVP Dennis Carey at 520-795-7985 or dcarey5199@gmail.com in order to determine how many walkers to expect.

Exercising for Healthy Bones is Focus for October 14 Walk Event

“Exercising for Healthy Bones” will be the focus of the Pima County Medical Society Walk With A Doc event on Saturday, October 14, at 8:00a.m. at Rillito River Park.  Marty Twichell, Enhanced Fitness Coordinator for the Pima Council on Aging will lead the discussion. 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. Future walks are planned for November 11 and December 9, January 13, February 10, March 10 and April 14.

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.