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 take place at Rillito River Park and begin at 8 a.m.

“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 February 11, March 11, April 8, September 9, October 14 November 11 and December 9.

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 bridge. 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.