The idea behind not only talking the talk but walking the walk: Daily I have conversations with patients on how to improve their medical conditions by implementing dietary modifications and routine exercise. I try my best to give patients the tools to succeed, including what exercise routines they may be best suited for given their medical conditions. But I felt like there was more I could do to implement change.
I believe strongly in living a life that mirrors what I advocate in my work. Then I discovered “Walk with a Doc.” “Walk with a Doc” is a doctor led walking group that is a part of a national grassroots movement dedicated to encouraging healthy living. It allows for a safe, fun and free environment that allows for discussion about topics that often due to time limitations, are not elaborated in as much detail during an office visit. In addition, it creates a relaxed atmosphere to get to know your patients outside of a white coat.
How It All Began
This program was started in 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir, a board certified Cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio. Being a part of the TMA (Texas Medical Association) has opened opportunities to allow for community involvement in so many ways. I believe with the demands of a full time physician, we can get distracted from advocacy and feel we don’t have enough time in our day.
However, the reality is, we have to incorporate our passions in our work, or it will never be an “ideal” time start anything. I joined “Walk with a Doc” in June of 2019 in my first year out of residency and now have now lead 4 walks in the Dallas area. I’ve met wonderful people in the process that ordinarily I’m sure I would not have encountered otherwise.
What I Have Found
What is most satisfying is having my own patients walk alongside me outside of the office setting. It is truly inspiring communities through movement and conversation. Being able to connect with others in your own neighborhood and establish connections that extend beyond chronic medical conditions and medications is essential for overall wellness.
Exercise is critical for maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle. Not only does walking at least 30 min a day help lower the risk of obesity it also enhances your mental health, blood pressure and reduces the chance of you developing diabetes.
“Walk with a Doc” is taking place all over the world. Medical students, residents, practicing physicians and community members are involved in making this program a success.
If you are interested, and want to learn more, please come out for our next walk! For more information regarding “Walk with a Doc” and how to get involved please visit walkwithadoc.org. Or contact me via Instagram @dr.mandamo
Dr. Amanda Mohammed, MD is a practicing Family Medicine Physician in Dallas, Texas. She enjoys traveling, visiting local coffee shops, volunteering, photography and live music. You can follow her on Instagram @dr.mandamo.
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