Want to get healthy? Try walking with a doc!


By Carol McIntire



A new walking program sweeping across the state landed in Carrollton last week.

The Walk With A Doc (WWAD) program, sponsored by the Ohio Hospital Association, began in June 2015 when the association held its centennial annual meeting in Columbus. The first event was a one-mile at Easton Center led by WWAD Founder Davig Sabgir, MD. The program has quickly spread to hospitals across the state. Its goal: to encourage healthy physical activity for people of all ages and improve the health and wellbeing of the country.

Walk with A Doc Dr. Haas, Jack Coffy RBG WEB
Dr. Mandal Haas (right) talks with Carrollton resident Jack Coffy during the initial Walk with a Doc event last week at Aultman Carrollton.

Aultman Hospital hosted the event at the Aultman Carrollton facility last week. About 30 people walked the inside track at the fitness center with Mandal Haas, MD, and John Sutton, MD, for about an hour. The docs (doctors) talked to participants about setting specific measurable, attainable, relevant and timely (SMART) goals.

Linda Brunk, wellness coordinator for Aultman, said the goal is to have the program once a month at the Carrollton facility.

“It’s a free program and you don’t have to be a member of the fitness program to participate,” she said. “Our goal is to have a healthier community.”

Brunk said if details are worked out to conduct the walk on a monthly basis, it will be held inside on the walking track during the winter months and outside during warmer months.

She said the goal is to create what is known as “walkable communities.”

“In Louisville, we created the Leopard Mile which is a walking path that is marked on the streets so residents can follow it,” she said. “We would like to do the same thing in Carrollton.”

For information on the program, call Brunk at 330-363-3381 or Jamie Lewis at Aultman Carrollton at 330-627-0884. Details of upcoming walks will be published in The Free Press Standard.