Toledo, Ohio –– Dr. Murthy Gokula, founder of Stay Home I Will, is encouraging Toledo residents to take a step toward better health with Walk with a Doc, a health program that brings doctors and patients together to walk on the 2nd Saturday of every month at pre-determined Toledo-area parks.
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. Gokula, founder of Stay Home I Will. “I’m very pleased to bring this exciting and simple program to Toledo as it has shown improved health results for countless people around the country.”
The Walk is open to the community. Participation is free and pre-registration is not required. Walkers will enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating walk with Dr. Gokula and other healthcare professionals, who will provide support to participants and answer questions about exercise and nutrition during the Walk.
“Walk with a Doc is honored to team up with Dr. Gokula. By incorporating this program into the practice, Stay Home I Will is demonstrating an exceptional level of care and commitment to their community,” said Dr. David Sabgir, founder of Walk with a Doc. “Adding ten minutes of walking to your daily routine and swapping out bad fats with good fats at mealtime are examples of small, easy changes that can make a big difference in the health of your heart. In particular, this year we are highlighting how eating more heart healthy avocados is one of many ways to step up fresh fruit intake and promote healthier living.”
“Increasing exercise, even moderately, may help reduce the risks of many diseases, including coronary heart disease and Type 2 diabetes,” said Dr. Gokula. “Per the CDC, adding 10 minutes of physical activity a day, like from walking, is a small change that can make a big difference.1 We are excited to join Walk with a Doc and help our community more easily find opportunities for physical activity.”
The CDC estimates about 80 percent of premature cases of heart disease and stroke are preventable and encourages changes like increasing physical activity or eating a heart healthy diet. Further, the American Heart Association estimates that if Americans ate the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables every day, nearly 40,000 deaths would be prevented from cardiovascular diseases, stroke and diabetes each year. Avocados are a heart-healthy fruit. They provide naturally good fats, are low in saturated fat and are cholesterol, sugar, and sodium-free.
Toledo 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 every weekend since 2005.
About Stay Home I Will
Founded by Dr. Murthy Gokula, MD, Stay Home I Will is a patient-centered concierge and lifestyle medicine practice devoted to promoting physical, mental, and social well-being. Our recommended practices successfully blend evidence-based medicine with technology to promote quality of life throughout the aging process. We believe that people deserve more than what current healthcare is providing. Call 419.214.1213 or visit https://stayhomeiwill.com to book a free consultation.
About Walk with a Doc
WWAD is a non-profit organization that inspires communities through movement and conversation. By focusing on sustainability and simplicity, Walk with a Doc can easily be implemented by doctors across the country and around the world. Walk with a Doc has more than 520 chapters worldwide with thousands committing to a healthy lifestyle. To learn more, visit www.walkwithadoc.org or follow WWAD on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.