Will This Program Inspire You to Get Moving?
The ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) has announced a new partnership by creating a Walk with a Doc program. The aim is to encourage people to embrace healthy levels of physical activity which can help to reverse the health impact of a sedentary lifestyle. Walking is one of the easiest ways to add fitness to your daily activities.
Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s, is the founder of the Walk with a Doc program. As a cardiologist, he realized that walking can help to intercept heart disease and obesity, and change your quality of life, by making a daily walk a regular habit. He was also responding to the Surgeon General’s Call to Action onWalking and Walkable Communities. Doctors across the nation are participating in the program, helping to nudge patients to better health by recommending that they get moving and walking. Currently the program has about 250 community participants and thousands of doctors.
There are some of the 100 reasons why you should start to walk. The benefits of a walking program include:
• Reduces blood pressure
• Helps to lower total cholesterol
• Increases HDL or the good cholesterol
• Reduces heart attacks
• Improves respiratory function
• Helps to increase metabolism
• Stimulates digestion
• Reduces the risk of certain cancers including colon cancer
• Increases blood flow to the brain
There are many other benefits from a walking program. Recent metrics from the Walk with a Doc program include:
• 92.4% of participants feel they are more educated about their health
• 79.4% of participants were exercising more thanks to the program
The biggest bonus noted was that 97.5% of the participants liked pairing up with these designated doctors outside of the traditional office setting, in order to enjoy health benefits. One of the core elements of the HealthCorps Living Labs curriculum is that coordinators expose students to a variety of fitness opportunities.