A runner showing off her new running shoes.

By Justine Beyer

Sacramento resident

Did you know walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can reduce your risk of heart disease, improve your blood pressure and sugar levels, elevate your mood and reduce your risk of cancer and diabetes? Well, these are all true facts, and the reason the Walk with a Doc program was created. Walk with a Doc was created by cardiologist Dr. Davis Sabgiris as way to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages.

Walk with a Doc is a weekly event that happens in different locations throughout Sacramento, such as the one that occurred earlier this week in Tahoe Park. The locations change each week and the next walk to participate in will be Saturday, November 17, at Southside Park between W and T Streets at 6th Street. Registration for the walk starts at 8:00 am and the walk starts at 8:30 am.

The walk will be lead by two friendly physicians that will be available for questions, comments or just a friendly conversation for the walkers to have with them. This project has been started and brought to the residents of Sacramento because as physician Steven Polansky states, “telling people to get out and exercise just wasn’t working.” These doctors who participate in Walk with a Doc truly believe that the volunteering physicians are making a difference by showing the world what a little walking can do.

Each and every Saturday the Walk with a Doc physicians and volunteers are out trying to better our community. We should all start to pay more attention to our health, physical and mental, because this is something that people can become too busy to truly focus on. If each week these people can take an hour of their time to come out and walk to help themselves, you should get out and do it too.

For more information on these walks around Sacramento, you can visit the Walks with Docs website at: http://www.walkwithadoc.org/our-locations/sacramento/