News & Updates

Walk with a Doc Homer is BACK! Until further notice, all the Docs will give their talks virtually – videos and sometimes audio (so you can listen while you walk!) will be available here, and on the Walk with a Doc Homer Facebook page ahead of time so you can talk about it with your walking buddies.

Walks will take place at SPARC (South Peninsula Athletic & Recreation Center at 600 Sterling Hwy, beside Homer Middle School), on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 9AM-10AM.  During this time, everybody walks for free and by signing in to Walk with a Doc you will be entered into a prize drawing for a Walk with a Doc T-shirt, a Walk with a Doc sweatshirt, or a gift card to a local business!

Attendees must wear face coverings or masks, and follow all other SPARC requirements while using their facility.  Please walk on your own, or only with those who are already “in your bubble” – current members of your household or the few others with whom you are limiting your close contact to.

As we navigate this new process, we hope to have the Docs give their virtual talks in advance, and take questions throughout the week before each walk, so that you can still have your questions answered and get to know your local providers better. Email us at wellness@sphosp.org anytime with questions!

NEXT WALK:

Our FIRST walk of 2021 and since we “temporarily postponed” Walk with a Doc back in March, 2020 will be a video version of the annual “Know Your Numbers” Presentation by Dr. Ross Tanner, about understanding your lab results.  Dr. Tanner is the Founder of the Diabetes & Lipid Clinic of Alaska, and a provider at the South Peninsula Hospital Specialty Clinic. Dr. Tanner’s video is already available on the Walk with a Doc Facebook page, and will be available here shortly for those who don’t use Facebook.  Check out the image post below and click here for the flyer to share!

Background

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!

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.

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?

Walk with a Doc Homer was started in October of 2017 by then SPH Health & Wellness Nurse Educator Bonita Banks, RN.  With “Lead Physician” Dr. Rob Downey from Seaworthy Functional Medicine (SPH Functional Medicine Clinic), we began with just one walk monthly until January 2018 when with the addition of a Health & Wellness Program Assistant we were able to support two walks monthly.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the South Peninsula Hospital Foundation, Inc. we are still able to offer Walk with a Doc twice monthly, even from a distance.

Visit the SPH events calendar, follow @wwadhomer on Facebook, and check out the Walk with a Doc National page for Homer, Alaska for more info and the upcoming walk leader & topic!