Prior to COVID-19, Walk With a Doc was open to the community. Walkers would enjoy a medical discussion followed by a rejuvenating walk with Dr. Mona Dave and her mother, Dr. Kiran Harpavat. Now, Walk With a Doc has gone virtual!
Every Saturday morning at 8:00 AM, a video is posted where Walk With a Doc Leaders from around the world share important health topics and then go on a walk. Mark your calendars, grab your phone, and tune in at that time. There are two options for viewing:
After watching the health talk, go out for a walk! Here are a few reminders:
- Practice Physical Distancing – Either walk on your own or bring along a friend or loved one, but make sure you’re staying at least 6 feet apart from one another.
- Get Out In Nature – If possible, get outside for your walk! Walk around your neighborhood or head to a local park. Nature is good for you and your immune system.
- Be Social – During your walk, feel free to call or FaceTime a friend or a family member. Prefer some alone time? Consider listening to music or a podcast while you walk.
There is no question that increasing exercise, even moderately, reduces the risks of many diseases, including coronary heart disease, breast and colon cancer and Type 2 diabetes. Research has even shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour that you exercise regularly.
According to the American Heart Association, walking as little as 30 minutes a day can:
- Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
- Help maintain a healthy body weight and lower the risk of obesity
- Enhance mental well-being
- Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
Walk with a Doc is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country.