AMA Wire

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

News for Young Physicians

Community Service Award winner encourages people to "walk with a doc"

Community Service Award winner encourages people to walk with a doc

AMA member Andrew M. Freeman, MD, is the winner of this year's AMA Young Physicians Section (YPS) Community Service Award for his exemplary work with the Walk with a Doc program, a national grassroots movement that empowers patients to use exercise as medicine.

Each month, Dr. Freeman's group meets in a Denver-area park. Following a Tai Chi warmup and a 10-minute lecture on topics ranging from hypertension to osteoporsis, Dr. Freeman reviews the importance of regular exercise and fitness. Participants then head out for a 1- or 2-mile walk, during which they can discuss medical issues with physicians and other health care professionals. After the walk, a heart-healthy breakfast is provided.

Dr. Freeman's Denver program began in May 2010 with 20 participants and has steadily grown to attract 125 people or more each month.

Walk with a Doc has a proven track record of helping people commit to healthy lifestyle changes through the encouragement of physicians. Visit the Walk with a Doc website for more information and a toolkit to help you start a program in your community.

View AMA-YPS final actions from annual assembly meeting

Compilations of AMA Young Physicians Section (YPS) actions and positions on items of business considered by the AMA House of Delegates during last month's Annual Meeting are now available.

These items include AMA-YPS final actions on items of business considered by the section, and final AMA-YPS handbook review grids depicting the section's positions on House business.