Mercy Medical Center will host “JustWalk™” Walk With a Doc walking program on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. Walkers will meet at Mercy Cancer Center Atrium and enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating walk with David Gormsen, D.O., vice president and chief medical officer at Mercy Medical Center, and other health care professionals, who will provide support to the walkers and answer questions during the walk. Free blood prressure checks will be available after the walk, and participants will be entered into a drawing for free prizes.
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 health and well-being. “This program has had tremendous participation and tremendous success in many other cities around the country,” said Gormsen. “I’m very pleased to be a part of this exciting and simple program that shows such improved health results for so many people.”
Gormsen encourages anyone in the community to join the walk. This is a FREE program and pre-registration is not required. Beginning in November, walks will be held at noon on the third Wednesday of the month. For more information, visit cantonmercy.org/walkwithdoc.
“Walk with a Doc is honored to team up with Mercy Medical Center. By incorporating Walk with a Doc, Mercy is demonstrating an exceptional level of caring and commitment to its community”, said Dr. David Sabgir, founder of Walk with a Doc.
Why walk? “There’s 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,” said Gormsen. “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 provide these health benefits, as well:
• Improved 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
About Walk With a Doc
Walk With a Doc is a non-profit organization that encourages healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverses the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country. “Just Walk™” Walk with a Doc has over 100 active programs across the country and around the world. It was created by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist who practices at Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio. Sabgir has been walking every weekend since 2005. The expansion and support of the pogram is thanks to Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield. To learn more, go to www.walkwithadoc.org.Please click here for media inquiries