Introducing Walk with a Doc – Columbia!

Dr. Melissa Boylan, owner of Noreta Family Medicine, and Dr. Victoria Leventis-Shew, owner of Victory Family Medicine, are encouraging Columbia, SC residents to take a step toward better health through Walk with a Doc, a health program that brings doctors and patients together to walk every second Saturday of the month – the next two walks are on Sat. Dec. 10 and Sat. Jan. 14. The walks take place at the Saluda Riverwalk- 650 Candi Lane, Columbia, SC 29210.

Walk With A Doc.

Photo Credit: Ann Fitzgerald

Walk with a Doc is an international non-profit organization with the mission of inspiring communities through movement and conversation.

“I talk to my patients about the benefits of exercise everyday inside of my office, but I never had the opportunity to put my words into action. Walk with a Doc allows me to break down the walls of my office and join the Midlands community in a healthy and fun activity. Whether your sneakers need dusting off, or you’re a pro, we’re here to provide a simple, free and fun way to walk towards good health!” said Dr. Boylan.
The walk is open to the anyone in the Midlands community. Participation is free, and pre-registration is not required. Participants will enjoy a quick health talk followed by a refreshing and rejuvenating walk led by Dr. Boylan and Dr. Leventis-Shew, who will provide motivation and support to participants and answer health questions during the Walk.

motivation and support to participants and answer health questions during the Walk.

Photo Credit: Ann Fitzgerald

“I’m excited to be able to help bring Walk with a Doc to the Midlands community! So many of us (myself included) become engulfed in the work behind our screens each day. So it’s great to have the opportunity to enjoy not only the numerous benefits of walking, but also the joys of coming together as a community for some fun, fellowship, and health tips.” said Dr. Leventis-Shew.

According to the American Heart Association, walking as little as 30 minutes a day can provide the following benefits:

  • 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

Columbia joins a growing list of communities worldwide that have started local Walk with a Doc programs.

“Walk with a Doc is honored to team up with Dr. Boylan and Dr. Leventis-Shew. By incorporating this program into practice, Dr. Boylan and Dr. Leventis-Shew are demonstrating an exceptional level of care and commitment to their community,” said Dr. David Sabgir, founder of Walk with a Doc.

Walk With A Doc. Group with Dr. Boylan!<br />

Melissa Boylan MD, FAAFP
Family Physician and Owner of Noreta Family Medicine