March 25, 2019
Texans in several cities still have time this week to get active and take strides to protect themselves against kidney disease during National Kidney Month (March). Several Texas Medical Association (TMA) member physicians host Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas events this week (see list below).
Participating in regular aerobic exercise — like walking — can improve symptoms related to chronic kidney disease, and free WWAD walks this month include brief talks by host physicians and other health experts about chronic kidney disease.
“Risk factors for chronic kidney disease include hypertension, obesity, and diabetes,” said WWAD founder cardiologist David Sabgir, MD. “Walking absolutely leads to improved blood pressure, weight loss, and lower blood sugars. This is very exciting news for those at risk for chronic kidney disease."
TMA physician members host monthly WWAD walks across the state featuring an educational talk before you walk. March topics include “Your Amazing Kidneys” and “Obesity and Kidney Disease,” in recognition of National Kidney Month.
Physicians host Walk With a Doc events at these locations this week (click for details):
Conroe, March 26
Dallas, March 30
El Paso, March 28
Edinburg, March 30
Houston, March 28
Houston, March 30
Manvel/Pearland, March 31
Paris, March 28
Port Arthur, March 27
Seabrook, March 28
Tyler, March 28
This is a FREE program, open to the public, and preregistration is not required.
Walk With a Doc Texas is funded by a grant from the TMA Foundation with generous support from TMA Insurance Trust, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and Prudential.
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing nearly 53,000 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. 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.
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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