Having trouble sticking to that resolution to get more active - Just Walk!

That’s the message Pima County Medical Society (PCMS) is giving as a way to encourage Tucsonans to get out and move. And the physician organization plans to help you get started.

PCMS has joined a national movement to get patients to walk a mile with a doc on scheduled Saturdays throughout the year. Each walk is led by a physician who gives a brief overview of the benefits of exercise and answers general health questions during the outing. All take place at Rillito River Park and begin at 8 a.m.

Health benefits:

    Reduces the risk of coronary heart disease
    Improves blood pressure and blood sugar levels
    Reduces the risk of osteoporosis
    Aids in maintaining body weight and lowers the risk of obesity
    Enhances mental well-being
    Reduces the risk of breast and colon cancer
    Improves blood lipid profile
    Reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes

In 2017, walks are scheduled for 8 a.m. on February 14, March 14, April 11, September 12, October 10 November 14 and December 12.

The walks are open to anyone and the course is generally flat. Wear comfortable shoes. You may bring a cane or walking stick, and a bottle of water. Be sure to dress for the temperatures. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the walk start. Use the parking lot on the east side of Swan, just south of the bridge. The group meets at the ramada by the water fountain. For questions / schedule call Dennis Carey at 795-7985.

Just Walk - a walk with a doc - is a program founded in 2005 by David Sabgir MD, a board-certified cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio.  It has spread to 40 sites throughout the country.  Just Walk is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging healthy physical activities for people of all ages and fitness levels.

Physicians interested in hosting an event, please contact Dennis Carey at dcarey5199@gmail.com or call 795-7985.

For more information about Just Walk, log onto www.walkwithadoc.org.