Most doctors talk the talk, but few walk the walk. They tell their patients to walk, but when it comes to following their own advice that is a different story. Not so with Dr. David Sabgir. He talks the talk and then goes on the walk, literally. A board-certified cardiologist practicing at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Sabgir created Walk With A Doc: a program with a mission 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 participants.
Full-spectrum information & participation
Anyone who has walked around a mall can testify that a significant number of Americans seem to be preparing to audition for the role of Jabba The Hut in the next Star Wars movie. Walk With A Doc is precisely the type of program that can help countless obese people who are flying to an early grave at light speed. Dr. Sabgir’s walking program is dedicated to each of the participants and their commitment to improve their health and well-being. The organizers of Walk With A Doc want to be sure participants have all the information to enjoy the program with weekly updates, health, menu tips and more!
The enemy is the sedentary lifestyle
Dr. Sabgir stated that “the overwhelming majority of problems I see (coronary artery disease, stroke, high blood pressure, low HDL, diabetes, sleep apnea, etc.) are due in large part to a sedentary lifestyle. Because of that I would spend a significant amount of time discussing the importance of diet and exercise with my patients. I felt during my fellowship and first year of practice that I was a very strong communicator. I thought it was a gift I had, you know… connecting with the patient. It turned out that even though the patients appeared to have been motivated, they were not. I was essentially worthless in getting them to change their lifestyle, so I figured the next step was offering to join them at the park.”
50 sites and more starting up
Since starting up in 2004, Dr. Sabgir now has approximately 50 active sites (and up to 80 in development) with an average of 10 to 150 per site. He states that seeing how well it is received by community members, hospital systems, and physicians new to the program was one of the most rewarding aspects. His future goals are to fulfill the potential of Walk With A Doc but first it may be necessary to transform the field of medicine itself. It is unfortunate that too many doctors believe that most everything can be rectified by scrawling out a scrip, rather than encouraging their patients to get out there and work the blubber off their ample hindquarters.
The key to exercise is enjoyment
Dr. Sabgir says that “one of the most important considerations for your exercise routine is that you enjoy it. Chances are you’ll have better luck sticking to it… and with all the friendly faces and encouragement you’ll find at the park, you’ll make great strides for a healthier lifestyle.”
Merits duplication everywhere
Walk With A Doc is the type of doctor patient interactive program that merits duplication around the country. We need more of these types of initiatives on the part of our medical professionals to ensure that the greatest possible percentage of the population is made vividly aware of the remarkable health benefits of walking. Our overly sedentary and dangerously obese population is in dire need of this help before we all become immobile jelly rolls mainlining milkshakes through IV drips.
So don’t balk or mock, you don’t have to be a jock to go for a walk further than your block, just chuck your clock, forget your plummeting stock and that mess in Iraq, put your iPod on Bach or maybe enjoy a talk, while you gawk at a soaring hawk, a lovely loch, or an pock-marked rock, because fun is a lock when you flock to Walk With A Doc!
Check out Walk With A Doc at their website: http://www.walkwithadoc.org/
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