Over 100 walkers participated in the CMA Foundation’s inaugural "Walk with a Doc" event. The walk, held September 29 on the state Capitol grounds, was presented in partnership with the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS), Blue Cross of California and the national "Walk with a Doc" program.
The program pairs doctors and patients to improve health and fitness by walking. During the inaugural walk, participants learned about the benefits of walking and how to stay fit. “Our mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the California,” said Carol Lee, CMA Foundation CEO.
Also in attendance at the inaugural event was the founder of the program, David Sabgir, M.D., a board certified cardiologist at Mount Carmel St. Ann's in Ohio. Dr. Sabgir’s idea has spread throughout the U.S. and is currently going worldwide with similar programs.
“Walking offers health benefits and helps reduce a person’s risk factors for heart disease,” said Dr. Sabgir. “We started this program because it was an opportunity for physicians to connect with patients and for walkers to have the motivation to come out and put in the work for an hour. Learning about healthy lifestyle options and connecting with other walkers is a great way to get or stay fit,” added Dr. Sabgir.
“We are thrilled to be part of Walk with a Doc in California,” said Lee. “The Foundation’s mission is to improve individual and community health through partnerships. For 50 years, much of what we have focused on is bringing greater awareness and education around serious public health issues, like obesity. Walk with a Doc is in step with what we are working toward in California and being able to launch this program here is an honor and privilege.”
Billboards highlighting the Walk with a Doc program can be seen throughout California, and were graciously donated by the California State Outdoor Advertising Association.
The Sacramento event is one of three California walks that are currently planned. There will be similar kickoff events in Humboldt and Fresno in coming weeks.
To find out more about dates and times of the walks in California, or to sign up as a physician, visit www.thecmafoundation.org/projects/WWAAD.aspx.