Walk with a Doc was started in 2005 by a cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio. Frustrated with his inability to effect behavior change in his patients in the clinical setting, Dr. David Sabgir invited hundreds of his closest patients to go for a Walk with him in a local park on a Saturday morning in the spring. To his surprise, over 100 of those invited showed up, and were energized to do so. Since that first Walk David, along with hundreds of other docs, has made himself available to the community for one hour every Saturday morning for ten years running.
Since the first event in 2005 Walk with a Doc has grown as a grassroots effort, with a model based on sustainability and simplicity. With the addition of a full time Executive Director in 2009 and the ability to provide liability insurance and useful marketing tools to interested docs, the Walks began to cross state border for the first time.
Now, just 5 years later the reach of WWAD extends from California to New York with over 260 walk chapters in between.
Walking was recently recognized by the Surgeon General of the United States of America as one of the single most important things we can do for our health. Will you join us in making healthy physical activity accessible for all?