A: Walk with a Doc was founded in 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist from Columbus, Ohio, frustrated with his inability to affect behavior change in the clinical setting, so he invited his patients to go for a walk with him in a local park. To his surprise, over 100 people showed up, energized and ready to move. The Walk with a Doc mission put simply, “Encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country.”
A: In 2017, The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health expanded its National Rural Health Day reach by launching a new aspect to its partner outreach which included the development of a concept called, “Organic Partners.” Organic Partners are relationships with organizations that share the mission to improve and positively impact rural health. Walk with a Doc was discovered by one of our NRHD development experts who believed both organizations would benefit from allying. Neither party has a contractual agreement; instead, it is a partnership designed to support and promote the transformation of a single day into year-long movement and helping rural doctors, hospitals, and health care resources lead their communities to better health through walking.
A: Walk with a Doc invites hospitals and health clinics to explore membership options to become an official Walk with a Doc Chapter. As a part of the NOSORH/NRHD Organic Partnership, rural hospitals and clinics that start walks will be identified as “Power of Rural” chapters.
The requirement for starting a chapter include hosting, a minimum of 12 FREE physician / provider lead community walks per year, as well as agreeing to the terms provided in WWaD’s marketing and licensing agreement. Membership does require a financial investment which provides chapters with branding items, promotional tools, liability insurance, and other deliverables. To learn more, REQUEST A GUIDE TO GETTING STARTED.
There are many benefits of starting a Walk with a Doc in your rural community. Click here to learn more.
Rural hospitals, State Offices of Rural Health, EMS agencies, and rural health clinics are invited and encouraged to host a National Rural Health Day walk on 11.15.18 or to locate a NRHD walk chapter nearby and participate in a scheduled NRHD walk. There are no fees to register a National Rural Health Day Walk with a Doc event, and as with all Walk with a Doc events, they are FREE to walkers. All you need to do is register, promote, and participate!
To inquire about starting an official Walk with a Doc chapter, and to speak with a representative who can help you, click here (goes to WWaD form) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To register a special 2018 National Rural Health Day, Walk with a Doc, please click here.