Physician-Legislators to Host First Capitol Walk With a Doc Texas Event


Jan. 31, 2017

  • WHAT: Texas physician-legislators will lead the charge to get out and get active this session: Senate Health and Human Services Chair Sen. Charles Schwertner, MD; and fellow Sens. Dawn Buckingham, MD; Donna Campbell, MD; and House Committee on Higher Education Chair Rep. John Zerwas, MD; and fellow Reps. Greg Bonnen, MD; Tom Oliverson, MD; and J.D. Sheffield, DO; will host the first-ever Walk With a Doc (WWAD) event at the Texas Capitol. These physician-legislators encourage their Capitol colleagues and staff to lace up their walking shoes and join them for a brief walk together on the Capitol grounds. 

  • WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 3 pm

  • WHERE: Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave., Austin, East steps

  • WHO: State legislators and members of the Capitol community who wish to join

  • WHY: To raise awareness about WWAD, a physician-led national effort to increase physical activity. WWAD is growing across Texas with 36 doctor-led walk chapters in 28 cities. Walking is a simple thing people can do to get active and to live a long, high-quality life.
 
 The Walk With a Doc concept is simple: Physicians across the state organize walks in their communities and invite their patients, their patients’ families, colleagues, coworkers and community members to join them. Walk With a Doc is overseen by a national nonprofit organization to get people active and healthy, and is backed by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) in Texas. 36 Texas physicians across the state host weekly or monthly walks (totaling more than 300 walks per year). More than 7,500 Texans laced up and joined the doctors in 2016. This is a free program, and preregistration is not required.
 
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 50,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.  TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 50,000 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, TMA’s philanthropic arm, raises funds to support the public health and science priority initiatives of TMA and the family of medicine, including Walk With a Doc Texas. Walk With a Doc Texas is funded by a grant from the TMA Foundation with generous support from TMAIT, Prudential, and BCBSTX. 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 the Walk With a Doc website.

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Contacts:

Brent Annear (512) 370-1381;
cell: (512) 656-7320;
email:
brent.annear[at]texmed[dot]org
Marcus Cooper (512) 370-1382;
cell: (512) 650-5336;
email:marcus.cooper[at]texmed[dot]org 


 

 

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January 09, 2019