Welcome to Walk with a Future Doc! Penn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives, in partnership with medical students from the Perelman School of Medicine, is bringing Walk with a Future Doc to West Philly. Our goal is to get out into the community and promote health and well-being through bi-weekly walks. Whether you walk a little, a lot, or not at all, we would love to have you come out and walk at your own pace and have the opportunity to have any questions you might have answered by some of our future doctors.
So, why walk?
According to the American Heart Association, walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity. Think it doesn’t do any good? Think again. Walking is low impact; easier on the joints than running. It is safe – with a doctor’s okay – for people with orthopedic ailments, heart conditions, and those who are more than 20% overweight. In addition, research has shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise! That quick stroll around the block seems a little more worthwhile now, doesn’t it?
Walk with a Doc, and in this case, Walk with a Future Doc, is a walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. What better way to start your weekend than on your feet making strides to help your heart and improving your general health to live longer! While you walk at your own pace, you’ll have the opportunity to have questions answered by local physicians.
This program was started in Columbus, OH in April of 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir and has now expanded throughout the country. You don’t need any special gear and there are no special rules. Just put on a pair of comfortable shoes and walk alone, with friends, a partner or family or with a group. It’s a personal preference.