HMG and Healthy Kingsport Host Region’s First Walk with a Doc Program


KINGSPORT – Healthy Kingsport and Holston Medical Group will host the regions first Walk with a Doc program, a refreshing and rejuvenating walk with local family and sports medicine physician, Dr. Emily Campbell, at 10 a.m. April 18, as part of Healthy Week.

Healthy Week activities are designed to introduce area residents to Healthy Kingsport, a new organization dedicated to helping residents make positive changes when it comes to their health.

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.

Walk with a Doc is honored to team up with Holston Medical Group. By incorporating Walk with a Doc, Holston Medical Group is demonstrating an exceptional level of caring and commitment to their community, said Dr. David Sabgir, founder of Walk with a Doc.

Dr. Emily Campbell, with HMG Primary Care and Sports Medicine, will lead the regions first Walk with a Doc. There is no charge for the event, and registration is not necessary. Participants should meet at 10 a.m. at the Kingsport Greenbelt entrance behind the HMG Medical Plaza building located at 105 W. Stone Drive.

During the walk, participants will learn how to Step your way to health: How to include physical activity in your day. Walkers will also have the chance to win an HMG Sports Medicine gift basket full of goodies and a FitBit Zip.

Why walk? Theres 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. 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 health benefits including improving blood pressure and blood sugar levels; helping‚  maintain a healthy body weight and lowering the risk of obesity; enhancing mental well-being; and reducing the risk of osteoporosis.

Kingsport joins a growing list of communities nationwide that have created local Walk with a Doc programs. Walk with a Doc was created by Sabgir, a cardiologist who practices at Mount Carmel Health Systems in Columbus, Ohio. Walk with a Doc has more than 100 active programs across the country and around the world.

Holston Medical Groups vision is for the region is to be the healthiest region in America and Healthy Kingsports mission is to create a culture of healthy living by promoting awareness, influencing policy and enhancing infrastructure.

Holston Medical Groups partnership with Healthy Kingsport is a natural fit, said Scott R. Fowler, J.D. M.D. President & CEO of Holston Medical Group. Were excited to be the regions first Walk with A Doc and, as providers of healthcare in the community, its important that we lead and support efforts to encourage healthy lifestyles and preventative measures to improve the health status of our region.

Holston Medical Group will provide the Walk with A Doc program as a free monthly public event to provide health education from a physician paired with a physical activity for all ages.

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About Holston Medical Group

As one of the largest multi-specialty provider groups within the Southeast, HMG is also the states first multi-specialty NCQA-Level III patient-centered medical home.‚  HMGs Family of Care consists of more than 800 employees, including more than 150 physicians and mid-level providers in its provision of 24-hour medical/surgical coverage.‚  Regarded as a national leader in clinical research, as well as electronic health record integration and utilization, Holston Medical Group provides convenient locations throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, offering two Urgent Care Clinics (Bristol & Kingsport) and state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities.

In addition to being the regions most advanced primary care provider (family/internal medicine, pediatrics/adolescent medicine), Holston Medical Groups provision of multi-specialty care includes:‚  allergic diseases; endocrinology and metabolism; gastroenterology; general surgery; hospital team; orthopaedic surgery; oral and maxillofacial surgery; obstetrics & gynecology; otolaryngology; occupational medicine; palliative care, pediatric gastroenterology; rheumatology; and comprehensive physical therapy and rehabilitation services.‚  On-site ancillary services available include digital x-ray and mammography, CT, MRI, ultrasound and cardiac services.‚  Additionally, HMG provides the patient convenience of on-site laboratory services