Walk with a Doc

Hosted by UK HealthCare, Walk with a Doc is a walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. Take a break from the work or school day and make strides toward helping your heart and improving your general health. While you move at your own pace, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss health topics with UK health experts.

Winter session walks, hosted by the UK Integrative Medicine & Health (IMH) program, are held the third Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. at the Charles Wethington Building.

Walks will take place rain or shine. We have both an indoor and outdoor walking route.

Walking for at least 30 minutes a day can help improve your blood pressure and blood sugar levels, reduce cholesterol, and lower your risk for diabetes, colon cancer, breast cancer, osteoporosis and possibly depression. A low-impact form of exercise, walking can also be easier on the joints than running or other fitness activities.

Walk with a Doc was created in 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir, a board-certified cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio, to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages and to reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle. More than 500 Walk with a Doc programs operate worldwide.

The program is free and open to anyone interested in improving their health and well-being.

WHY YOU SHOULD
WALK

Mental health benefits

  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Lowers risk of depression
  • Improves mood
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Improves energy levels
  • Improves cognition and creativity
  • Lowers risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s
  • Improves overall quality of life

Physical benefits

  • Helps maintain a healthy weight
  • Lowers risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Lowers risk of several types of cancer
  • Regulates blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Helps prevent and manage Type 2 diabetes
  • Helps ease arthritis pain and stiffness
  • Lowers risk of falls

Winter session dates

Location:
Charles T. Wethington Building
1st Floor, Atrium
900 S. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40508

Third Tuesday of each month, 12:30 p.m.

  • Dec. 12: Dr. Nicholas Wright, director of diversity, equity and inclusion for the Human Development Institute at UK
  • Jan. 16: Walk cancelled due to weather
  • Feb. 20: Dr. Melinda Ickes, professor of health promotion and assistant dean of research, UK College of Education
  • March 19: TBA
  • April 16: Lisa Williams, MSSA, associate dean for wellness and well-being, UK College of Medicine

Previously, walks also took place on the first Wednesday of each month. Moving forward, Wednesday walks have been canceled.

  • Dec. 6: Dr. Julia Stevens, ophthalmologist, UK Advanced Eye Care
  • Jan. 10: Dr. Tukea Talbert, chief diversity officer, UK HealthCare

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