Kissimmee embraces health and community with Walk with a Doc initiative

The city is the latest in Florida to join the Walk with a Doc program, which was created by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio, in 2005.

The city is the latest in Florida to join the Walk with a Doc program, which was created by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio, in 2005.

If you are highly motivated to do something for your health this year and you live in Kissimmee, you might be interested in this program. The city is the latest in Florida to join the Walk with a Doc program, which was created by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio, in 2005.

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The idea arose after Sabgir felt frustrated by his inability to affect behavior change in the clinical setting, so he decided to invite his patients to go for a walk with him in a local park on a spring Saturday morning. To his surprise, over 100 people showed up, energized and ready to move. By doing so he encouraged physical activity and reduced the effects of a sedentary lifestyle. Almost 20 years later, the program has more than 500 chapters, in 49 US states, and 35 countries, in which more than 120,000 people walk each year. Participants state that the main reasons why they have joined the program are the health benefits of exercise, health education, camaraderie of being with others, and spending time in nature. In Florida, other cities where the program is carried out are Belle Glade, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Celebration, Clearwater, Greenacres, Haverhill, Hialeah, Jacksonville, Melbourne, Miami, Naples, Pompano Beach, Sebring, Tallahassee, Tampa, The Villages, and Weston.

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In Kissimmee, the walks will be the second Monday of each month, beginning February 12, 8:30 a.m. at North Village Pavilion in Celebration Blvd. To participate in the walk you should register and sign a waiver and release of liability available here.

By Mivette Vega

January 24, 2024

The city is the latest in Florida to join the Walk with a Doc program, which was created by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio, in 2005.

If you are highly motivated to do something for your health this year and you live in Kissimmee, you might be interested in this program.

The city is the latest in Florida to join the Walk with a Doc program, which was created by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio, in 2005.

RELATED: 3 Women’s Health Briefs for Friday, May 19

The idea arose after Sabgir felt frustrated by his inability to affect behavior change in the clinical setting, so he decided to invite his patients to go for a walk with him in a local park on a spring Saturday morning. To his surprise, over 100 people showed up, energized and ready to move.

By doing so he encouraged physical activity and reduced the effects of a sedentary lifestyle.

Almost 20 years later, the program has more than 500 chapters, in 49 US states, and 35 countries, in which more than 120,000 people walk each year.

Participants state that the main reasons why they have joined the program are the health benefits of exercise, health education, camaraderie of being with others, and spending time in nature.

In Florida, other cities where the program is carried out are Belle Glade, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Celebration, Clearwater, Greenacres, Haverhill, Hialeah, Jacksonville, Melbourne, Miami, Naples, Pompano Beach, Sebring, Tallahassee, Tampa, The Villages, and Weston.

RELATED: Over 2.5 Million Floridians Lack Health Insurance and DeSantis Still Won’t Expand Medicaid

In Kissimmee, the walks will be the second Monday of each month, beginning February 12, 8:30 a.m. at North Village Pavilion in Celebration Blvd.

To participate in the walk you should register and sign a waiver and release of liability available here.

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  • Mivette Vega

    Mivette Vega is a seasoned journalist and multimedia reporter whose stories center the Latino community. She is passionate about justice, equality, environmental matters, and animals. She is a Salvadorrican—Salvadorian that grew up in Puerto Rico—that has lived in San Juan, Venice, Italy, and Miami.

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