From May 22-July 3 (excluding May 29), participants will gather on Mondays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the Burlington High School track. In inclement weather, the walk will move to the Burlington Recreation Center. Participation is free and open to all ages. Registration is not required.
“This program has had tremendous participation and success in hundreds of cities around the world, and we’re very proud that CHS’s program is one of the top in the state,” said CHS Chief Medical Officer John Shell, M.D. “It’s an exciting and simple program that has shown such improved health results for countless people across the country. We all need to get outside and become more active, and this is a great way to start.”
Walk with a Doc is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire communities through movement and conversation. Walk with a Doc promotes physical activity and stepping up awareness about health concerns.
Each walk is open to the community. Walkers will enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating walk with a CHS provider and other healthcare professionals who can provide support to participants and answer questions about exercise and nutrition during the walk.
Coffey Health System is participating through a partnership with the Kansas Hospital Association.
Walk with a Doc was started by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio. He has walked with patients and community members every weekend since 2005. More than 500 chapters now span the globe, including 18 Kansas locations.
“Walk with a Doc is honored to team up with Coffey Health System. By incorporating this program into the practice, Coffey Health System is demonstrating an exceptional level of care and commitment to their community,” said Dr. Sabgir. “Adding ten minutes of walking to your daily routine and swapping out bad fats with good fats at mealtime are examples of small, easy changes that can make a big difference in the health of your heart.”
The CDC estimates about 80 percent of premature cases of heart disease and stroke are preventable and encourages changes like stepping up physical activity or eating a heart-healthy diet. Further, the American Heart Association estimates that if Americans ate the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables every day, nearly 40,000 deaths would be prevented from cardiovascular diseases, stroke, and diabetes each year.
“Increasing exercise, even moderately, may help reduce the risks of many diseases, including coronary heart disease and Type 2 diabetes,” said Dr. Shell. “We are excited to join Walk with a Doc and help our community more easily find opportunities for physical activity.”
If you have questions about our Walk With a Doc program, call (620) 364-2121 Ext. 4174.