3rd Annual Walk With Your Doctor Day Brings Health Care Providers And Patients Together.
Dr. James E.K. Hildreth, President and CEO of Meharry Medical College to Lead Walk
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 3rd annual Walk With Your Doctor Day 5k Walk will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the Ted Rhodes Golf Course located at 1901 Ed Temple Blvd in Nashville, TN. Registration will begin at 7:00 AM with the walk beginning at 8:00 AM.
Dr. Shindana Feagins created the event as a way to have doctors and their patients develop healthy lifestyle choices together. As a physician Dr. Feagins sees countless patients with chronic medical problems, and obesity has been an undeniable culprit in many of these cases. This continues to be a common problem in Tennessee where according to a recent US News World Report, is now the 4th leading state in obesity.
Dr. Feagins Speaking to Participants at Last Year's Walk.
During the walk each participating health care office is asked to form a team of at least ten or more, including a mix of patients, doctors and staff members. Last year Lelan Statom of WTVF-News Channel 5 lead the walk. Nearly 300 people including doctors and their patients turned out for the event.
This year the walk will be led by James E.K. Hildreth, Ph.D, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Meharry Medical College Hildreth was unanimously elected as the Meharry’s 12th President in March of this year. An active HIV/AIDS researcher, Hildreth comes to Meharry from the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences, where he served as dean and made significant contributions to the university’s fundraising efforts and research programs.
Physicians play a vital role in advising patients about their overall health and Dr. Feagins believes that encouraging walking for exercise is a great way to strengthen doctor-patient relationships. “This walk is dear to my heart as it unites physicians with their patients in the fight against obesity,” explained Dr. Feagins. “This inevitably helps combat diabetes, hypertension and other chronic illnesses which are impacted by obesity everyday.”
There is no entry fee to participate but an optional $15 donation will be accepted at registration. All proceeds will go Rezolve Wellness Center, an organization that raises money to help offer scholarships for weight loss programs to those who are economically challenged.
For more information and to register online please visit our "Get Involved" page