This fall the California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation will launch a statewide "Walk with a Doc" project.
Walk with a Doc is a national project that currently has programs in 12 states. It was founded in 2005 by Davis Sabgir, M.D., an Ohio cardiologist. The reason was simple. Telling people to get out and exercise wasn't working. The project involves volunteer physicians who are willing to lace up a pair of sneakers and go for a walk with members of their communities. The success of the project centers on the reputation that doctors have in disease prevention and weight reduction and the fact that walking is a low impact way to start exercising.
The California program will start with three pilot sites – Sacramento, Fresno and Humboldt. But we welcome all county medical societies and individual physicians to participate. Look for more to come on this dynamic obesity prevention project.
For more information on the Walk with a Doc project, see http://www.thecmafoundation.org and click on the "Just Walk" logo at the bottom of the page. If you are interested in organizing a walk in your area, contact: Vanessa Saetern (916) 799-6631 or firstname.lastname@example.org.