Carving out time to get fit can seem like an uphill battle these days.
Stressful work lives, over-committed personal schedules, and a quick meal
on the go often win out over taking a walk at lunch or hitting the gym
before or after work.
In honor of Heart Health Month, Cortland Regional Medical Center has partnered
with the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex to bring the nationally recognized
program, Walk With A Doc™ to Cortland. Free and open to the community,
these physician-led walks will be held on the second Monday of each month
from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the J.M. McDonald indoor track.
First launched in 2005, the Walk With A Doc™ program was created
by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio. Frustrated with
his inability to effect positive behavior change in the clinical setting,
Dr. Sabgir invited his patients to go for a walk with him in a local park
on a spring Saturday morning. To his surprise, over 100 people showed
up, energized and ready to move. Since that first event, Walk With A Doc™
has grown as a grassroots effort and now extends from California to New
York with over 277 chapters in between.
Walking was recently recognized by the Surgeon General of the United States
of America as one of the single most important things we can do for our health.
The purpose of the Walk With A Doc™ program is to continue the healthcare
conversation while promoting fitness in a relaxed, non-judgmental environment.
The program is open to participants of all ages and abilities. Each walk
will begin with a brief Q&A, and then walkers will be encouraged to
choose their own pace.
“We are excited to launch Walk With A Doc™ in Cortland, and
to share the expertise of our physicians with our community through this
program,” said Mark Webster, CRMC’s President and CEO. “As
a local healthcare leader, we are just as committed to supporting the
healthy choices and behaviors that keep our community
out of the hospital, as we are to caring for the patients who come through our doors.”
Upcoming Spring Walk With a Doc Session
7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the J.M. McDonald Indoor Track
May 8 – General Surgery Team
June, July and August - TBD
For more information please contact Carrie Sabin at (607) 428-5512. For
more information about the national Walk With A Doc™ program visit