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Take a Walk with a Doc in Milledgeville this Summer

Lace up your sneakers and take a step toward better health this summer! Join Baldwin County’s Walk with a Doc wellness group at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18. This free walk is open to the community and meets every third Saturday at the Atrium Health Navicent Baldwin walking track, located at 821 N. Cobb St. in Milledgeville. Light refreshments will be served. In the event of rain, the walk will be canceled.

Part of a worldwide program, Walk with a Doc is a free, recurring, doctor-led walking group. Atrium Health Navicent partnered to bring Walk with a Doc to Baldwin County in 2023. The sessions allow participants to safely walk and learn about current health topics. Walks begin with a brief discussion led by a physician and then participants enjoy a healthy walk and conversation.

“Walking is so important for your heart health, and this group setting also allows you to meet and connect with others in your community. It’s a great opportunity to learn from the doctor leading the walk, ask questions, have fun and commit to living a healthier life through regular exercise. We hope you’ll grab your walking shoes and join the May walk, or one of the other upcoming sessions,” said Atrium Health Navicent Baldwin Chief Operating Officer Thomas Goss.

Walk with a Doc will also be held on June 15, July 20 and Aug. 17.

Walk with a Doc was started in 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio. Frustrated with his inability to affect behavior change in the clinical setting, Dr. Sabgir invited his patients to go for a walk with him in a local park on a spring Saturday morning. To his surprise, over 100 people showed up, energized and ready to move. Based on his success, this program has grown and expanded to over 500 communities around the world. Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center, in collaboration with community partners, started the Walk with a Doc program in Macon in 2019. The Macon chapter meets on the first Saturday of every month at Amerson River Park. Walkers sign in at 7:45 a.m. and meet with the doctor at 8 a.m. during April-September. For October-March, walkers sign in at 8:45 a.m. and meet with the doctor at 9 a.m. Walkers who attend Walk with a Doc in Macon and Milledgeville in May and June will be invited to participate in a national raffle to win a free pair of sneakers.

About Atrium Health Navicent

Atrium Health Navicent is the leading provider of health care in central and south Georgia and is committed to its mission of elevating health and wellbeing through compassionate care. Atrium Health Navicent is part of Advocate Health, which is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is the third-largest nonprofit health system in the United States, created from the combination of Atrium Health and Advocate Aurora Health. Atrium Health Navicent provides high-quality, personalized care in 53 specialties at more than 50 facilities throughout the region. As part of the largest, integrated, nonprofit health system in the Southeast, it is also able to tap into some of the nation’s leading medical experts and specialists with Atrium Health, allowing it to provide the best care close to home – including advanced innovations in virtual medicine and care. Throughout its 125-year history in the community, Atrium Health Navicent has remained dedicated to enhancing health and wellness for individuals throughout the region through nationally recognized quality care, community health initiatives and collaborative partnerships. It is also one of the leading teaching hospitals in the region, helping to ensure viability for rural health care for the next generation. For more information, please visit www.NavicentHealth.org.

About Advocate Health

Advocate Health is the third-largest nonprofit integrated health system in the United States – created from the combination of Advocate Aurora Health and Atrium Health. Providing care under the names Advocate Health Care in Illinois, Atrium Health in the Carolinas, Georgia and Alabama, and Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin, Advocate Health is a national leader in clinical innovation, health outcomes, consumer experience and value-based care, with Wake Forest University School of Medicine serving as the academic core of the enterprise. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Advocate Health serves nearly 6 million patients and is engaged in hundreds of clinical trials and research studies. It is nationally recognized for its expertise in cardiology, neurosciences, oncology, pediatrics and rehabilitation, as well as organ transplants, burn treatments and specialized musculoskeletal programs. Advocate Health employs nearly 155,000 team members across 68 hospitals and over 1,000 care locations and offers one of the nation’s largest graduate medical education programs with over 2,000 residents and fellows across more than 200 programs. Committed to equitable care for all, Advocate Health provides nearly $6 billion in annual community benefits.