April 25, 2017

Haywood Regional Medical Center will host the first of Haywood County’s Walk With a Doc walking program on Saturday April 29, 20 17 at 10am – starting at Lake Junaluska – Kern Center porch. Walkers will enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating walk with healthcare professionals, who will provide support to the walkers and answer questions during the walk. Dr. David Peterson (Cardiology) will be speaking on the topic of “Exercise and Eating right” on Saturday April 29.

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. Kate Queen, Rheumatology. “I’m very pleased to be a part of this exciting and simple program that shows such improved health results for so many people.”

Dr. Queen encourages anyone in the community to join the walk. This is a FREE program and pre-registration is not required. Future weekly walk locations and topics will be announced via the Walk with a Doc website, and on the Walk with a Doc Facebook page: (

“Walk with a Doc is honored to team up with the physicians of Haywood Regional Medical Center. By incorporating Walk with a Doc, Haywood Regional is demonstrating an exceptional level of caring and commitment to their community”, said Dr. David Sabgir, founder of Walk with a Doc.

Date:               Saturday April 29, 2017
Time:               10am
Location:         Lake Junaluska – Kern Center Porch (adjacent to the pool)
Topic:              Exercise and Eating Right
Doctor:            Dr. David Peterson          

Why walk? “There’s no question that increasing exercise, even moderately, reduces the risks or many diseases, including coronary heart disease, breast and colon cancer and Type 2 diabetes,” said Dr. Queen. “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 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

Haywood County joins a growing list of communities nationwide that have created local Walk with a Doc (WWAD) programs. WWAD was created by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist who practices at Mount Carmel Health Systems in Columbus, OH and he has been walking every weekend since 2005. The expansion and support of the program is thanks to Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

For more information about the local Walk with a Doc schedule and upcoming topics, visit or find the “Walk with a Doc-Haywood” Facebook page.

About Haywood Regional Medical Center
Haywood Regional Medical Center is committed to providing the highest quality care possible, along with the expertise and leading edge technology you expect at larger hospitals, all conveniently close to home. We are supported by Duke University Health System’s world-renowned leadership in clinical excellence and quality care and LifePoint Health’s extensive resources, knowledge and experience in operating community hospitals. Haywood Regional offers a comprehensive array of services, including orthopedics, spine services, cardiology, general surgery, women's care, emergency medicine, behavioral health, and includes 13 multi-specialty physician clinics.

About Walk With a Doc:
WWAD is a non-profit organization that encourages healthyphysical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentarylifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country. To learn more, go to