UT Southwestern Medical Center invites you to walk with us each month for the national Walk with a Doc program at the historic Kiest Park in the heart of Oak Cliff in Dallas, Texas. These walks will be led by physicians in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.
One of the nation’s premier academic medical centers, UT Southwestern integrates pioneering biomedical research with exceptional clinical care and education. The institution’s faculty has received six Nobel Prizes, among other honors. The full-time faculty of more than 2,900 is responsible for groundbreaking medical advances and is committed to translating science-driven research quickly to new clinical treatments. UT Southwestern physicians provide care in more than 80 specialties to more than 100,000 hospitalized patients, more than 360,000 emergency room cases, and oversee nearly 4 million outpatient visits a year. utsouthwestern.edu
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 and easier on the joints than running. It is safe – with a doctor’s OK – 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 is a walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. You’ll take a few minutes to learn about a current health topic from a UT Southwestern health care professional, then spend the rest of the hour enjoying a healthy walk and fun conversation. It’s a great way to get out, get active, and enjoy all the benefits that come from walking. We encourage you to walk at your own pace and distance.
This program was started in Columbus, Ohio, in April 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir and has now expanded throughout the world. You don’t need any special gear and there are no special rules. Our walking groups are a safe, fun, and FREE place to get some steps, learn about health, and meet new friends.
This Walk with a Doc Dallas Chapter was founded by University of Texas at Southwestern’s Department of Family & Community Medicine resident physician Dr. Rachel Baiyee-Cady in 2022. The walks are now being led by the department’s resident physicians in the Health Equity, Advocacy, and Research Training (H.E.A.R.T.) Track.