Lakewood Ranch Medical Center (LWRMC) is encouraging local residents to take a step toward better health by partnering with Walk with a Doc (WWAD), a health program that brings doctors and patients together to walk at The Mall at University Town Center. Walk with a Doc is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire communities through movement and conversation. Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton and Sarasota will join a growing list of communities worldwide that have started a local Walk with a Doc program. WWAD was started by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio. He has walked with patients and community members nearly every weekend since 2005.
Chief Executive Officer of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, Andy Guz, stated, “Lakewood Ranch Medical Center is excited to start the first chapter in our community for the Walk with a Doc program. We believe that this will be a great benefit for local residents by providing a safe place to get their steps in while walking with a local physician.”
Founder of Walk with a Doc, Dr. David Sabgir, added, “Walk with a Doc is honored to team up with Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and the Mall at University Town Center. By incorporating this program into the practice, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center is demonstrating an exceptional level of care and commitment to their community.”
Lakewood Ranch Resident, Richard Lewis, stated, “Walk with a Doc has blossomed significantly in the past decade – cheers to Dr. David Sabgir and his team. The Lakewood Ranch chapter will launch in the first quarter of 2020, which is very exciting. I believe that walking is peaceful, uninterrupted and healthy for everyone. Linking the Lakewood Ranch Community with the fast growing, evolutionary program of Walking with a Doc can only benefit our constituency. Moreover, the added incentive of a short Q and A session with a medical professional is a ‘home run’ for our participants.”
According to the American Heart Association, walking as little as 30 minutes a day can help you:
- Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
- Maintain a healthy body weight and lower the risk of obesity
- Enhance your mental well-being
- Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
LWRMC will provide more information about the dates of the program in 2020. You can learn more about Walk with a Doc at www.walkwithadoc.org.