Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University oncologist Stephen Szabo, MD, recently took the first steps in launching the Walk with a Doc program at Dunwoody's Brook Run Park.
"It's a way for you to have a more personalized discussion with a physician," says Szabo, the director of community oncology at Winship at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.
Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital and the City of Dunwoody have partnered to offer the free monthly event that lets participants ask healthcare questions while walking with a physician around the park.
Walk with a Doc is a national nonprofit organization with a goal of getting people of all ages off the couch and onto a healthier path.
These types of informal walking sessions are sprouting up all over the country. Erica Aronin, a Winship patient and lung cancer survivor, says the walk is a fun and practical way to stay on top of her health. Aronin and other participants found Walk with a Doc to be a great opportunity to ask medical questions in a relaxed environment. "It's so much less intimidating than being in a clinic," she says. Aronin first met Szabo as a Winship patient. Physical fitness is important to her and her Lungs 'N' Roses team is set to participate again this year in the Winship Win the Fight 5K on Oct. 14.
Walk with a Doc is held the second Saturday each month at Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road. Emory Saint Joseph's physicians will discuss these topics at upcoming walks:
- Oct. 14 – Elizabeth Shaw, MD. Topic: fall allergy symptoms
- Nov. 11 – Jeffrey Peretz, MD. Topic: hip and knee arthritis
- Dec. 9 – Mitchell Blass, MD. Topic: infectious disease