Cortland Regional kicks off Heart Health Month with the Walk With A Doc™ Program

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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 Sessions

7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the  J.M. McDonald Indoor Track

April 10 - Gastroenterology Team

May 8 – General Surgery Team

For more information please contact Carrie Sabin at (607) 428-5512. For more information about the national Walk With A Doc™ program visit