Citizens Medical Center Announces New “JUSTWALK ™ ”A WALK WITH A DOC Program”

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Victoria, TX. December 30, 2015. Citizens Medical Center hosts Victoria’s “JustWalk™” Walk With a Doc walking program on January 2, 2015 at 9 am at the Citizens HealthPlex at 9406 NE Zac Lentz Parkway, Victoria, Texas 77904. Walkers will enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating walk with Dr. Leilani Valdes and other health care professionals, who will provide support and answer questions during the walk. Dr. Valdes encourages anyone in the community to join the walk. This is a FREE program and pre-registration is not required. Future walks will be announced via the Walk with a Doc website, www.walkwithadoc.org.

The Victoria Walk with a Doc program is part of a state-wide imitative funded by a grant from the Texas Medical Association Foundation with major support from the Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust. The grants will help TMA doctors host walks with their patients, as well as provide marketing and promotional materials, and cover technical support from the Walk With a Doc organization.

Walk With a Doc is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to 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. “This program has had tremendous participation and tremendous success in many other cities around the country,” said Dr. Valdes. “I’m very pleased to be a part of this exciting and simple program that shows such improved health results for so many people.”

Why walk? “There’s no question that increasing exercise, even moderately, reduces the risks of many diseases, including coronary heart disease, breast and colon cancer and Type 2 diabetes,” said Dr. Valdes. “Research has even shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour that you exercise regularly.” According to the American Heart Association, walking as little as 30 minutes a day can provide these health benefits, as well:

  • Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Help maintain a healthy body weight and lower the risk of obesity
  • Enhance mental well-being
  • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis

“Walk With a Doc allows physicians to interact with their patients outside the office, where they can see their doctors practice what they preach. What’s discussed in the office is put in motion outside the office,” said Debbie Fuller, MD, vice president of the TMA Foundation and immediate past chair of the TMA Council on Health Promotion. She said patients’ comments and questions during the walks tend to feed off of one another as they discuss general health and lifestyle issues with a person they trust — their physician.
“It’s me and my patients, real-life in sweats together, just talking about health and well-being while we’re out getting exercise,” she said.

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About Citizens Medical Center
Citizens Medical Center is a not-for-profit hospital known for compassionate patient care, clinical expertise, and bringing advanced medical services to the South Texas region since 1956. Today, Citizens is a 338-bed acute care hospital with over 1,200 employees. Citizens Medical Center is recognized for its outstanding cardiology program which includes an accredited Chest Pain Center and an approved STEMI receiving center for heart attack patients. Citizens has an accredited Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and has a 24/7 emergency department, advanced Level III Trauma facility and onsite medical helicopter, a primary stroke center, imaging and surgery centers, sleep study center, Women’s Pavilion with labor and delivery, a recognized center of excellence for bariatric surgery, advanced pediatrics including the area’s only Neonatal Transport Service, state-of-the-art rehabilitation and fitness, urology and daVinci robotics minimally invasive surgery options, a home health agency, and has a long history of providing continuing education for physicians, nurses, other healthcare providers and the community. To learn more about Citizens Medical Center or to find a physician, go to www.citizensmedicalcenter.org.

About TMA: TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans. TMA Foundation raises funds to support the public health and science priority initiatives of TMA and the family of medicine. To learn more, go to www.texmed.org.

About Walk With a Doc: Walk with a Doc is a non-profit organization that encourages 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. Walk with a Doc was started in 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir, a board certified cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio who practices with the Mount Carmel Health System. To learn more, go to www.walkwithadoc.org.

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