Upcoming Outdoor Walk With A Doc Events
Walk with a Doc is coming back in September 2021!
Here is the schedule for upcoming outdoor Walk with a Doc events. All events are held at 8 a.m. at the Rillito River Park ramada east of Swan Road on the south bank just north of Camp Lowell. From Swan go east on Paseo De Los Rios (you’ll see the blue Rillito River Park wall). Once on Paseo De Los Rios take the immediate left. That road will take you in to the parking lot. Walkers can cover a level 1.2- or 2.4-mile course. See map below.
Pima County Medical Society’s Walk with a Doc is coming back in September 2021. We will keep the groups small to allow for distancing and require masks.
Wendy Huempfner, MD is a Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialist, will lead WWAD on Saturday, Sept. 11.
You can join Virtual Walk with a Doc by clicking here. (PCMS residents did a virtual WWAD. Video is below.)
While many in-person Walk with a Doc events around the world were postponed because of the novel COVID-19 virus, the WWAD team started hosting virtual WWAD events so everyone could remain active and socially connected, even during a period of physical distancing. The format was the same as a typical WWAD event.
Dr. Sommer Aldaimi, Associate Director Family Medicine Program South Campus, Dr. Hadley Pope, Dr. Ricardo Reyes, Dr. Kela Bergren and Dr. Caroline Flowers recorded a presentation on staying safe during the pandemic both in English and Spanish.
The videos are now available by clicking here.
Stick 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 of our missions involve improving public health,” said Bill Fearneyhough, former-PCMS Executive Director. “We want Tucsonans to become more active and one way to do that is to show them they indeed can walk a mile,” he said.
- 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
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 wash. The group meets at the ramada by the water fountain. For questions or to schedule, e-mail Dennis Carey or call him at (520) 795-7985.
Just Walk – Walk with a Doc is – a program founded in 2005 by David Sabgir MD, a board-certified cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio. It has spread all around the globe with more than 400 chapters worldwide. Just Walk is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging healthy physical activities for people of all ages and fitness levels.
For more information about Just Walk, click here.
Be A Walk With A Doc Doc
PCMS is looking for event leaders for the upcoming Walk with a Doc events. This is an excellent opportunity for our members to reach out to our community in a very informal setting. Physicians are asked to make a short presentation on his area of expertise or interest. Walkers hike along an easy 2.4 mile path and continue the conversation and ask questions. It is open to all ages and there is no charge. This is also an excellent way to encourage your patients, family, friends and staff to be active. We will fill the spots on a first-come, first-scheduled basis. You don’t have to lead an event to join us.
If you are interested in leading a walk, e-mail Dennis Carey or call him at (520) 795-7985.