The Albemarle County Medical Society (ACMS) was established in 1933. ACMS offers a diverse group of academic and community physician opportunities to advocate for their patients, their profession and share educational and social events. ACMS physicians practice or reside in Albemarle or the surrounding counties. Members reflect many specialties with varying interests. We may be in private practice, be employees, retired, residents or medical students. By sponsoring ” Walk With a Doc” we wish to encourage our patients and ourselves to develop the positive habits that allow us to be healthier persons, healthier families and in the end, a healthier community.
According to the American Heart Association, walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity. Think it doesn’t do any good? Think again. Walking is low impact; easier on the joints than running. It is safe – with a doctor’s okay – for people with orthopedic ailments, heart conditions, and those who are more than 20% overweight. In addition, research has shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise! That quick stroll around the block seems a little more worthwhile now, doesn’t it?
Walk with a Doc is a walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. What better way to start your weekend than on your feet making strides to help your heart and improving your general health to live longer! While you walk at your own pace, you’ll have the opportunity to have questions answered by local physicians.
This program was started in Columbus, OH in April of 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir and has now expanded throughout the country. You don’t need any special gear and there are no special rules. Just put on a pair of comfortable shoes and walk alone, with friends, a partner or family or with a group. It’s a personal preference.