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OHA's Walk With A Doc Partnership

In support of OHA’s mission to ensure a healthy Ohio and as part of its centennial celebration, OHA will sponsor 100 member hospitals to begin Walk With A Doc community walking programs.

Walk With A Doc is a year-round walking program that operates in communities across America and abroad and provides a complete walk management kit.

Founder of WWAD and OHA Institute Board member Dr. David Sabgir was recently featured in the "CNN Hero" segment. OHA is proud to be a sponsor of this great work, and is excited to see Ohio hospitals working to make a positive change in their communities. Check out one of the segments below!


OHA WWAD Hospital Sites

The following Ohio hospitals have signed on to host Walk with a Doc events in their communities! 
  • Adena Regional Medical Center
  • Ashtabula County Medical Center
  • Aultman Hospital
  • Barnesville Hospital
  • Community Memorial Hospital
  • Fisher-Titus Medical Center*
  • Genesis HealthCare*
  • Highland District Hospital
  • Lake Health
  • Licking Memorial Hospital
  • Memorial Hospital*
  • Memorial Health System (Marietta Memorial and Selby General Hospitals)
  • Mercy Health - Toledo (St. Anne Hospital, St. Charles Hospital, and St. Vincent Medical Center)
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Mount Carmel*
  • Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center*
  • Union Hospital
  • Wood County Hospital

*These facilities had pre-existing programs prior to the OHA sponsorship.

Commit to OHA's Walk With A Doc Partnership

Thank you for considering this great opportunity for your hospital and community. The Walk With A Doc (WWAD) program in your community promotes wellness and support of a healthy Ohio.

This commitment form (Word or PDF) outlines what is included in the OHA-sponsored WWAD starter kit, what becoming an OHA Walk with a Doc site means and how to sign up.

For more information, contact OHA's Ryan Everett, at or 614-221-7614


OHA's Walk With A Doc Partnership 

According to the American Heart Association, walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity. Think it doesn’t do any good? Think again. Walking is low impact; easier on the joints than running. It is safe – with a doctor’s okay – for people with orthopedic ailments, heart conditions, and those who are more than 20% overweight. In addition, research has shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise! That quick stroll around the block seems a little more worthwhile now, doesn’t it?

Chronic disease costs Ohioans $57 billion every year, as well as countless losses to productivity, health and overall quality of life. One third of Ohioans have high blood pressure, 30 percent of adults are obese and it is estimated that one in three children in the U.S. will likely develop diabetes. Increasing opportunities for Ohioans to become more physically active is an important step in reversing this alarming trend.

Walk With A Doc is a walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. What better way to start your weekend than on your feet making strides to help your heart and improving your general health to live longer! While you walk at your own pace, you’ll have the opportunity to have questions answered by local physicians.

This program was started in Columbus, OH in April of 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir and has now expanded throughout the country. You don’t need any special gear and there are no special rules. Just put on a pair of comfortable shoes and walk alone, with friends, a partner or family or with a group. It’s a personal preference.

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