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Thursday, May 23, 2024

‘Walk with a Doc’ Program Launches in Williamsburg

(Walk With a Doc)

WILLIAMSBURG– Defiant Direct Primary Care is encouraging Williamsburg residents
to take a step toward better health with Walk with a Doc, the peninsula’s first health
program that brings doctors and patients together to walk every 4th Saturday of each
month in downtown Williamsburg.

Walk with a Doc is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire
communities through movement and conversation.

“This program has had tremendous participation and success in hundreds of cities around
the world,” said Dr. Christina Mutch. “I’m very pleased to bring this exciting and simple
program to Williamsburg as it has shown such improved health results for countless
people around the world.

The Walk is open to the entire community. Participation is free and pre-registration is not
required. Walkers will enjoy a talk about the health topic of the month, followed by a
warm-up and then a refreshing and rejuvenating walk with Dr. Christina Mutch and other
healthcare professionals.

Participants are encouraged to continue the conversation and ask questions during the walk. The goal is to not only create a welcoming space for learning and movement, and also connect people in the community with each other to find movement buddies.

“Walk with a Doc is honored to team up with Defiant Direct Primary Care. By
incorporating this program into the practice, Defiant DPC is demonstrating an
exceptional level of care and commitment to their community,” said Dr. David Sabgir,
founder of Walk with a Doc.

“There’s no question that increasing exercise, even moderately, reduces the risks of many diseases, including coronary heart disease, breast and colon cancer and Type 2 diabetes,” said Dr. Christina Mutch. “Research has even shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour that you exercise regularly.”

According to the American Heart Association, walking as little as 30 minutes a day can
provide the following benefits:
● 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

Williamsburg joins a growing list of communities worldwide that have started local Walk
with a Doc (WWAD) programs. WWAD was started by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist
in Columbus, OH. He has walked with patients and community members nearly every
weekend since 2005.

On the 4th Saturday of every Month, starting in March, community members looking to increase their physical activity and improve their health, are invited to come and participate. Each walk will begin with a short talk by a physician on a different health topic each month, followed by a walk down Duke of Gloucester Street.

RSVP to join the walk.

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