CPMA helps kickoff national 'Walk with a Doc' event at State Capitol

CPMA helps kickoff national 'Walk with a Doc' event at State Capitol

Mark Warkford, DPM; Paul Phinney, MD; Ernest Hook, DPM

Doctors of podiatric medicine were prominent in a kickoff event for the national ‘Walk with a Doc’ program, held September 29 on the state Capitol grounds in Sacramento.

Over 100 participated in the event, which is part of a program that pairs doctors and patients to improve health and fitness by walking together. During the inaugural walk, participants learned about the benefits of walking and how to stay fit.

“We are thrilled to be part of ‘Walk with a Doc’ in California,” said California Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA) Past President Ernest Hook, DPM and Mark Warford, DPM, President of the Sacramento Valley Podiatric Medical Society.

“Walking is low impact; easier on the joints than running. It is safe – with a doctor’s approval – for people with orthopedic ailments, heart conditions, diabetes and those who are more than 20% overweight. In addition, research has shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise! That quick stroll around the block seems a little more worthwhile now, doesn’t it?” said Dr. Hook.

“Walking provides healthy physical activity for people of all ages," added Dr. Warford.  " It’s easy and inexpensive.  All you really need is a good pair of walking shoes.  A daily brisk 30 minute walk can help reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of Californians.”

Others participating in the event included Assemblyman Richard Pan, MD and ‘Walk with A Doc’ founder David Sabgir, MD, a Board Certified cardiologist who practices in Columbus, Ohio

According to the American Heart Association, walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity. Think it doesn’t do any good? Think again. Walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can have the following health benefits:

• Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
• Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
• Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity
• Enhance mental well-being
• Improve blood lipid profile
• Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
• Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer
• Reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes

Take the Step and make walking a part of your fitness regimen. Join your doctor and other people looking to improve their health at the next ‘Walk With A Doc event.’ Ask your doctor for details.

For a list of upcoming ‘Walk with a Doc’ events in the Sacramento Valley Area visit http://www.thecmafoundation.org/projects/WWAAD.aspx

For events nation and state wide visit http://www.walkwithadoc.org/our-locations/walk-directory/#california