San Antonio “Walk With a Doc” Event Sunday

April 8, 2016

  • WHAT: San Antonio residents of all ages are encouraged to lace up their walking shoes and join doctors from the Texas Indo-American Physicians Society Southwest Chapter (TIPS-SW), for the group’s first FREE Walk With a Doc Texas event.  
      
  •  WHEN: THIS Sunday, April 10, 8 am. (See website for future events) 
      
  •  WHERE: Tom C. Clark High School track, 5150 DeZavala, San Antonio, TX 78249  
      
  • WHO: Physician members of TIPS-SW; sponsoring physician Vijay N. Koli, MD; Aruna Venkatesh, MD; and any community members interested in participating. Walk With a Doc Texas is funded by a grant from TMA Foundation with major support from Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust and Prudential.

The Walk With a Doc concept is simple: Physicians organize walks in their communities and invite their patients and their patients’ families to join them. Walk With a Doc is overseen by a national nonprofit organization to get people active and healthy.

This is a FREE program, and preregistration is not required. Future walks will be announced via the Walk With a Doc website. Following a brief presentation about healthy lifestyles, participants will walk with physicians for up to an hour.

About TIPS-SW: Spurred by the immensely rewarding Be Fit. Be Cool. Childhood Obesity Awareness Campaign by TIPS-SW/American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin and following the call to action by Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, to promote walking and walkable communities, we are urging people to focus on their 5-0-10k plan (not just their 401[k] plan) to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, avoid sugary drinks, and walk at least 10 thousand steps a day.

Texas Medical Association is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 49,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans. TMA Foundation raises funds to support the public health and science priority initiatives of TMA and the family of medicine. To learn more, visit the TMA website.

Walk With a Doc is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle to improve the health and well-being of the country. Walk With a Doc was started in 2005 by David Sabgir, MD, a board-certified cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio, who practices with the Mount Carmel Health System. To learn more, go to http://walkwithadoc.org/. 

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Local event contact:

Aruna Venkatesh, MD   cell: (210) 639-9398 

TMA contacts for general information:

 Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear@texmed.org

Marcus Cooper (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 650-5336; email: marcus.cooper@texmed.org

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