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Allegheny Health Network Announces New “Walk With a Doc” Program; First Walk Set for July 5 in Bellevue

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

PITTSBURGH, PA -  Allegheny Health Network’s (AHN) Center for Complementary and Integrative Health will host the first of Pittsburgh’s Walk With a Doc walking programs on July 5, 2017 at 7:15 am. Walkers will join the Center's Medical Director, Betsy Blazek O’Neill, MD, and other healthcare professionals, who will provide support to the walkers and answer questions during the walk.

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 in order to improve the health and well-being of the country. “This program has had tremendous participation and tremendous success in many other cities around the country,” said Dr. O’Neill. “I’m very pleased to be a part of this exciting and simple program that shows such improved health results for so many people.”

Dr. O’Neill encourages anyone in the community to join the walk. This is a FREE program and pre-registration is not required. Future walks are planned for the first Wednesday of every month at 7:15 am, the third Wednesday of every month at 5:00 pm, and beginning in August the second Saturday of every month at 11:00 am.  All walks meet in front of the North Boroughs YMCA, 629 Lincoln Avenue, Pittsburgh PA  15202.

“Walk with a Doc is honored to team up with Allegheny Health Network. By incorporating Walk with a Doc, Allegheny Health Network is demonstrating an exceptional level of caring and commitment to their community”, said Dr. David Sabgir, founder of Walk with a Doc.

Date:  July 5, 2017

Time:  7:15 am

Location:  Meet in front of the North Boroughs YMCA, 629 Lincoln Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15202

According to the American Heart Association, walking as little as 30 minutes a day canprovide these benefits, as well:

  • Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Help maintain a healthy body weight and lower the risk of obesity
  • Enhance mental well-being
  • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis

Pittsburgh joins a growing list of communities nationwide that have created local Walk With a Doc (WWAD) programs. WWAD was created by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist who practices at Mount Carmel Health Systems in Columbus, OH and he has been walking every weekend since 2005.