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Monday, February 22, 2016 - Contact: 225-273-6439

BREC and the Louisiana State Medical Society Bring New Program to East Baton Rouge Parish

The Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC), Capital Area Medical Society (CAMS) and the Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS) are proud to work in partnership to bring a new program to East Baton Rouge Parish called Walk with a Doc. The program, which is the first of its kind in Louisiana, will begin on Saturday, March 5 at 9 a.m. at Perkins Road Community Park, 7122 Perkins Road, and will continue throughout the year at multiple BREC parks throughout the parish.

The Walk with a Doc program is a national program that began as a grassroots movement to help patients lead healthier lives one step at a time. It was created by Dr. David Sabgir, a board-certified cardiologist at Mount Carmel Clinical Cardiovascular Specialists, who is dedicated to the commitment to improve health and well-being.

It is a unique, physician-led walking program organized in an effort to bring the benefits of regular exercise, healthy nutrition and medical information to the general population in a fun manner for all ages. Each free, local walk is hosted by a physician to provide patients with the health benefits of walking, while talking with doctors.

“We are very excited to partner with CAMS and LSMS to bring this opportunity to the residents of East Baton Rouge Parish,” said BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight. “BREC’s mission is to provide places for our residents to engage in healthy activities. What I love about this program, is that doctors across our community are not just encouraging their patients to get out and exercise, they will be leading the way and providing and educational experience as well. This is a real game-changer for East Baton Rouge Parish,” said McKnight.

Walk with a Doc creates an environment that fights the sedentary/obesity epidemic among adults and children, while also working to eliminate health disparities in minority and medically underserved communities. Prior to each walk, participants may receive nutrition/health lifestyle education through brief presentations, blood pressure checks, conversation with the doctor and other health team members, and informational hand-outs.

For more information, call 225-763-8500 or visit https://lsms.site-ym.com/?WalkwithaDoc

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