Tucson-Pima County

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 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.

At each walk you’ll receive FREE heart-healthy snack,  wonderful conversations and walking (with a Doc)! And new participants will receive a free t-shirt!


This program was started in Columbus, OH in April of 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. 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.

Join your physicians and other people looking to improve their health at our monthly Walk With A Doc in Tucson.

Upcoming Walks:  

December 21, 2019
To accommodate the holidays, Laurie Dodd, MD, will lead her event on December 21, discussing topics on achieving optimum health. 

January 11, 2020

Integrative health physician Leila Ali-Akbarian, MD will lead the Pima County Medical Society Walk With A Doc event on Saturday, January 11, 2020. Dr. Ali-Akbarian was the 2006 winner of the Phillip Dew Award for Excellence in Primary Care. The event is also part of the Beyond Tucson program in January to promote health and well-being throughout the community.

January 25, 2020

Laurie Dodd, MD, will lead her event on January 25, discussing topics on achieving optimum health.

All PCMS Walk with a Doc events start at 8:00 a.m. at Rillito River Park. Walkers sign in at the ramada east of Swan Bridge on the south bank.  Physicians are encouraged to urge patients to participate in the program. The walk covers a one- or two-mile course on level ground. Please contact Dennis Carey at 795-7985 or dcarey5199@gmail.com with questions. PCMS is sponsoring two walks each month through April 2020.

Walk Information:
Pima County Medical Society is teaming with the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP)

Upcoming Walks:
See full schedule and details to the left.

Rillito River Park at Swan Bridge parking lot, south bank. Walk covers a one or two mile course on level ground. Sign-In at the Ramada, east of Swan Bridge on the south bank.

More Information:
Contact Dennis Carey