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WHAT?

Madison Parks is pleased to begin a local chapter with Just Walk, Walk with a Doc program.

Walk with a Doc is a free program for anyone interested in taking steps for their health by enjoying a refreshing, rejuvenating walk in the park.  Walk with a Doc was founded in 2005 by Columbus, Ohio cardiologist David Sabgir, as a way to encourage healthy physical activity, with the goals of reversing the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle and improving the health and well-being of our country.  The Walk with a Doc program now has chapters in 19 states. The Madison Parks chapter would be the first in Wisconsin!

The organized walks will start in a Madison Park and will be led by a local doctor. The walks will be held at all times of the day: morning, afternoon, evening; weekday/weekends. 

The physicians, specialists and healthcare professionals will provide:

  • a 5 minute talk at the beginning of the event about a health topic of their choice.
  • lead the walk and answer questions from participants.

Each walk will be approximately 30-45 minutes. People of all ages and abilities are invited to participate. Attendees are encouraged to bring family members, friends, and neighbors to this great event. 

 


UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Walk with a Doc

Thursday, April 24, 6:00 p.m.

Goodman Pool, 325 W. Olin Ave.

Physician: Dr. Rob Striker  

Topic: Vaccines and Minimizing Antibiotic Use

Dr. Rob Striker is an infectious disease doctor who works on improving therapies for viruses and bacteria. He is particularly interested in hidden reservoirs of HIV. He works at the UW Hospital in the Infectious Disease Clinic. He is also on faculty at UW.

Join Dr. Striker on an enjoyable spring walk through Goodman Park. He will first discuss vaccines and talk about how to minimize antibiotic use. Afterwards, he will lead the group on a walk through the park and answer any question participants may have. Come join Dr. Striker for an educational, satisfying stroll through the park.

Walk with a Doc

Monday, May 5, 6:00 p.m.

Knollwood Conservation Park, 3334 Westview Lane

Physician: Dr. Dawn Ley

Topic: Natural Options for Migraines and Headaches

Dr. Dawn Ley is a board certified naturopathic doctor, who cares for both acute and chronic conditions. She is the owner of Full Circle Natural Medicine in Madison. She specializes in digestive complaints, diabetes, integrative cancer care, and the management of hormonal imbalances. She utilizes nutritional analysis and physical examination in conjunction with careful review of laboratory studies to determine individualized recommendations.

Join Dr. Ley on a relaxing walk through Knollwood Conservation Park to learn about natural options for dealing with those infuriating migraines and headaches you may get. No one likes painful migraines to ruin his day, so you’ll want to hear about these natural ways to mitigate them. This is her first of a series of 5 walks in Madison in 2014, so come check out what she has to say!

Walk with a Doc– Arthritis Series

Sunday, May 11, 9 am

Olin Park, 1156 Olin-Turville Court

Physician: Dr. Judy Smith

Topic: Kids Get Arthritis Too!

Dr. Judy Smith is a pediatric rheumatologist and a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Her major research focus is an intracellular stress response from the endoplasmic reticulum called the “Unfolded Protein Response.”

Join us for our third and final installment of Walk with a Doc in partnership with the Arthritis Foundation. Dr. Smith will be discussing Juvenile Arthritis, including warning signs and treatment. Bring your kids and your questions for this very important Walk with a Doc.

 

Walk with a Doc

Saturday, May 18, 9:00 a.m.

Cherokee Marsh- North Unit, 6098 North Sherman Avenue

Physician: Dr. Herbert Chen

Topic: Thyroid Cancer

Dr. Herbert Chen is a surgeon for UW Health, and specializes in endocrine surgery, thyroid disease, hyperparathyroidism, adrenal tumors and neuroendocrine tumors. He leads a research group at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, which studies the development, progression, and treatment of endocrine tumors including gastrointestinal carcinoids, thyroid cancer, adrenal cancer, and pancreatic islet cell tumors.

Come to Cherokee Marsh to stroll with Dr. Chen while learning about thyroid cancer! It is the fastest increasing cancer in both men and women, so you won’t want to miss Dr. Chen’s informative discussion on it. Take advantage of this opportunity to get outside to enjoy the spring weather, while learning about a cancer that might affect you or your loved ones! The walk will be happening rain or shine!

Walk with a Doc

Monday, June 9, 6:00 p.m.

Kennedy Park, 5202 Retana Drive

Physician: Dr. Dipesh Navsaria

Topic: Early Childhood Brain Development

Dr. Dipesh Navsaria is a pediatrician at American Family Children’s Hospital. He is also involved in advocacy training for residents, medical students, and practicing physicians. He is deeply involved in Reach Out and Read, an initiative that makes literacy promotion a standard part of pediatric primary care, so that children grow up with books and a love of reading. Read about this initiative and his goal to break down barriers in the medical world in this fascinating article http://www.isthmusparents.com/articles/article.php?article=41318!

Join Dr. Navsaria in an interesting discussion about early childhood brain development and then talk with him one-on-one as he leads a walk through Kennedy Park. You can learn all about your child’s brain and why your children act the way they do. You won’t want to miss out on this Walk with a Doc! The walk with occur rain or shine.

Walk with a Doc

Wednesday, June 25, 6:00 p.m.

Owen Conservation Park, 6021 Old Sauk Road

Physician: Dr. Blaise Nemeth and Ellen Houston

Topic: Adding a Little Core to Your Walks

Dr. Blaise Nemeth is an American Family Children’s Hospital pediatric orthopedist who evaluates, diagnoses, and treats many pediatric musculoskeletal conditions. He focuses on correcting walking issues in children, and spends a lot of time educating and reassuring parents about these issues. Ellen Houston is a clinical exercise physiologist at UW Health, currently setting up exercise programs for children aged 4 to 20. She also does Pediatric Stress Tests for Preventive Cardiology at the American Family Children's Hospital, and previously has worked in adult fitness and Cardiac Rehabilitation.

Join Dr. Nemeth and Ellen to learn how to add some core to your walk! Make your walks more of a workout with their helpful facts and tips. Then try out their techniques as you walk through the beautiful Owen Conservation Park on this summer night. The walk will occur rain or shine.

Walk with a Doc

Monday, July 7, 6:00 p.m.

Tenney Park, 1414 East Johnson Street

Physician: Dr. Lee Faucher

Topic: Burns and Burn Care

Dr. Lee Faucher is a surgeon in the UW Department of Surgery and is the Director of the UW Health Burn Center. He specializes in the surgical treatment of trauma and burns, and surgical critical care. His research interests include burn and trauma epidemiology, the clinical aspects of burn and trauma care, and scientific and clinical aspects of wound healing.

Join Dr. Faucher for his first ever Walk with a Doc to learn all about burns and how to care for them. Listen as he explains shares his knowledge, and then ask him your specific questions as you take a comfortable, summer stroll through Tenney Park with him. Get outside and enjoy the beautiful summer weather with this great event!

Walk with a Doc

Thursday, August 28, 6:00 p.m.

Turville Point Conservation Park, 1156 Olin Turville Court

Physician: Dr. Dawn Ley

Topic: Managing Vitality Pre and Post Menopause

Dr. Dawn Ley is a board certified naturopathic doctor, who cares for both acute and chronic conditions. She is the owner of Full Circle Natural Medicine in Madison. She specializes in digestive complaints, diabetes, integrative cancer care, and the management of hormonal imbalances. She utilizes nutritional analysis and physical examination in conjunction with careful review of laboratory studies to determine individualized recommendations.

Come join Dr. Ley in her third of her Walk with a Doc series of the year as she teaches you about managing vitality both pre and post menopause. Whether this topic is applicable to you now or in the future, Dr. Ley’s professional advice is invaluable for any woman! After her discussion, you will be able to ask her your own specific questions while taking a soothing hike through Turville Point Conservation Park. Come join Dr. Ley for this informative, advantageous event.

Walk with a Doc

Tuesday, September 9, 6:00 p.m.

Warner Park, 2930 North Sherman Avenue

Physician: Dr. Suresh Agarwal

Topic: Trauma Prevention

Dr. Suresh Agarwal is a surgeon for UW Health, specializing in a wide range of surgeries, including burn surgery, trauma surgery, surgical critical care and general surgery. His research interests include chest wall stabilization, inflammation in wounds, trauma, and sepsis and therapy for acute lung injury utilizing a variety of ventilation strategies. In addition, he is the principle investigator for study funded by the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma to develop a new tool for chest wall stabilization.

Join Dr. Agarwal for a walk in Warner Park, along with a discussion about how YOU can prevent trauma! Listen to Dr. Agarwal’s professional advice on the ways to go about preventing trauma in your health, and then ask him your own specific questions as you hike through the park. Summer will be gone before you know it, so take this beneficial opportunity to get outside and do a fun activity! 

Walk with a Doc

Sunday, October 5, 9:00 a.m.
Elver Park, 1250 McKenna Boulevard

Physician: Dr. Dawn Ley

Topic: The Digestive System and its Disorders- How to Cope

Dr. Dawn Ley is a board certified naturopathic doctor, who cares for both acute and chronic conditions. She is the owner of Full Circle Natural Medicine in Madison. She specializes in digestive complaints, diabetes, integrative cancer care, and the management of hormonal imbalances. She utilizes nutritional analysis and physical examination in conjunction with careful review of laboratory studies to determine individualized recommendations.

Dr. Ley continues her series of walks in Elver Park, where she will be discussing the digestive system and going over common disorders. She will give you useful information about how to cope with these disorders too! Whether you’ve been having digestive issues for years or just want an excuse to get outside with a local doctor, you won’t walk to miss out on this walk!

Walk with a Doc

Tuesday, November 11, 6:00 p.m.

Knollwood Conservation Park, 3334 Westview Lane

Physician: Dr. Dawn Ley

Topic: Hydrotherapy for a Healthy Immune System

 

Dr. Dawn Ley is a board certified naturopathic doctor, who cares for both acute and chronic conditions. She is the owner of Full Circle Natural Medicine in Madison. She specializes in digestive complaints, diabetes, integrative cancer care, and the management of hormonal imbalances. She utilizes nutritional analysis and physical examination in conjunction with careful review of laboratory studies to determine individualized recommendations.

Don’t miss out on Dr. Ley’s final walk for the year in her series of Walk with a Doc. This time, she will be discussing hydrotherapy for a healthy immune system. She will also be talking about the cold, flu, and general upper respiratory infections. As winter rolls around, you will want to learn how to protect yourself and cope with the upcoming flu season. Then take a walk through Knollwood Conservation Park to enjoy the brisk, Wisconsin weather and scenery.  

 

 

PARKING, WALKING, BIKING

Need directions?  Biking  or   Metro

  

DOCTORS

Any doctors wishing to be a part of Madison chapter of the Walk with a doc program should contact lwhitmore@cityofmadison.com

QUESTIONS?

Please email Laura Whitmore at lwhitmore@cityofmadison.com

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