Oahu’s First ‘Walk With a Doc’ Weekly Fitness Program Launched in Waipio
Honolulu, Hawaii (March 22, 2016) – Dr. Theresa Y. Wee and UHA Health Insurance (UHA) are proud to launch Oahu’s first “JustWalk™” Walk With a Doc (WWAD) fitness program, held each Saturday morning at Waipio Gentry’s Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park.
The inaugural walk was held on Feb. 20.
The next weekly “JustWalk™” WWAD Oahu will be held on Saturday, March 26 at 8 a.m. Please arrive by 7:45 a.m. to register for the free gathering.
Each Saturday at 8 a.m., walkers will enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating walk with Dr. Wee and other healthcare professionals, who will provide support to the walkers and answer questions during the walk.
WWAD is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages.
“This program has had tremendous participation and tremendous success in many other cities around the country,” said Dr. Wee. “I’m very pleased to be a part of this exciting and simple program that shows such improved health results for so many people.”
“UHA Health Insurance is honored to support Dr. Wee’s Walk With A Doc program. We believe everyone should be encouraging better health. At UHA, we’re constantly seeking new ways to overcome the barriers that prevent people from living a healthier life,” said Howard Lee, UHA CEO. “Dr. Wee is filling an important leadership role as a positive example and champion of change."
Dr. Wee and UHA encourage anyone in the community to join the walk.
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. Wee. “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 health 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
Waipio Gentry - Waipahu joins a growing list of communities nationwide that have created local WWAD programs.
To learn more, visit to www.walkwithadoc.org.
About Walk With a Doc
WWAD is a non-profit organization that encourages 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. “Just Walk™” Walk with a Doc has over 100 active programs across the country and around the world.
Walk with a Doc was created by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist who practices at Mount Carmel Health Systems in Columbus, OH and who has been walking every weekend since 2005.
About Wee Pediatrics, Inc., at Wee Wellness Center and Walk with a Doc O’ahu
Dr. Theresa Y. Wee is a Pediatric Obesity Advocate who has been working to combat obesity in both children and adults. Dr. Wee has been a community Pediatrician for over 30 here in Waipio. She formed her own pediatric obeisty health and wellness program back in 2010, and the success was instrumental in encouraging Dr. Wee to introduce and incorporate the “just walk” Walk with a Doc program here on O’ahu. Her goal is to encourage our communities to come together to support one another in their quest to achieve a healthier life syle through healthy eating and physical activity.
UHA was founded as University Health Alliance in 1996 by a group of physician faculty at University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine. UHA provides medical, drug and vision plans to more than 4,700 Hawai‘i employer groups and over 56,000 members, and has the largest physician and provider network in Hawai‘i. As the only Hawai‘i health plan founded by physicians, it was the first to offer preventive and wellness care focused health plans in the state, and now offers wellness consulting services. By meeting strict quality standards to ensure clinically sound decision-making that respects the rights of patients and medical providers, UHA received accreditation in Health Utilization Management through URAC, the independent non-profit that promotes healthcare quality. For information, visit uhahealth.com or follow @uhahealth on Twitter.