UC Davis pulmonary specialists participate in "Walk With a Doc"
Posted Oct. 31, 2012
UC Davis pulmonary medicine fellow Laren Tan helps patients overcome breathing difficulties so they can live fuller lives. He'll soon take that guidance to a new, more participatory level when he leads a local "Walk With a Doc" event.
Walk With a Doc is a national effort that encourages walking and interaction with physicians. Tan and his colleagues in the UC Davis Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine fellowship program will lead walks during COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Awareness Month on Nov. 3 in Tahoe Park in Sacramento, Nov. 10 at the UC Davis Arboretum and Nov. 17 in Southside Park in Sacramento. All walks are free and begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration at 8 a.m. Participants can walk up to an hour -- but don't have to.
Registration 8 a.m., walk 8:30 a.m.
"Even in small doses, walking can make big differences in breathing comfort," said Tan, who is currently training for a marathon but will adjust his speed to meet the needs of the group. "It is one of the most accessible and beneficial ways to add physical activity to your life."
The Walk With a Doc movement is intended to help people get started on or expand their physical-activity programs while reducing their risks of heart conditions, osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes and other diseases. Tan advises walking -- regardless of the distance -- for 30 minutes every day to maintain or expand breathing capacity for his patients with asthma, COPD and other lung disorders. The 30 minutes is still beneficial if divided into 10-minute walks throughout the day.
Each walk event will begin with a brief discussion, and Tan encourages all participants to continue to talk with the physicians as they stroll.
"It can sometimes be difficult in an exam room to promote open conversations about lung health and exercise," said Tan. "We hope that walking together -- which is such a great equalizer -- will help change that."
Walk With a Doc is locally sponsored by the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society through a grant from the California Medical Association and in partnership with Breathe California and the American Lung Association. For more information, visit http://www.ssvms.org/Programs/WalkWithADoc.aspx