A first-of-its-kind program in Milwaukee will begin in the Washington Park neighborhood on Saturday, November 2nd, giving residents the opportunity to learn from and walk with a physician. The free “Walk with a Doc” program, being sponsored by Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin, is being offered on the first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. Walkers meet at the Washington Park Pool, hear a 10-minute overview of a health topic and then walk with the doctor who answers questions during the 30- to 40-minute walk. Walkers do not need to register and are encouraged to arrive at the Washington Park Pool just before 10 a.m.
This weekend, Dr. Madelaine Tully, a family practice physician at the Lisbon Avenue Health Center, will share her time to walk with residents and answer questions. Doctors from various specialties will host each month’s walk.
Research shows that increasing exercise, even moderately, can reduce the risks of many diseases, including coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, and breast and colon cancer. Research show that a person can gain two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise, he said
Froedtert is pleased to join together with its many partners in the Washington Park area who are collaborating to improve the well-being of this neighborhood and its residents.
A free program, 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 to improve health and well-being. Programs exist in nearly 30 states, with Froedtert & The Medical College being the first health care network to offer it in Wisconsin.
The Walk with a Doc program has had tremendous participation and success in many cities around the country. It has shown improved health results for many people and the program’s supporters believe it will do the same for Washington Park.
Dr. David Sabgir, Walk with a Doc founder, said “We are honored to team up with a local hospital to offer our program in Milwaukee. In bringing our Walk with a Doc program to the Washington Park Neighborhood, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin is demonstrating an exceptional level of caring and commitment to their community”
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