Lifestyle Medicine in Nature

Dr Sue Smith

Lifestyle Medicine in Nature

Sue Smith has a combination of 30+ years of front-line medical experience along with the latest lifestyle medicine and coaching training. By integrating knowledge and behaviour change expertise her focus is on creating a sustained, significant impact in the lives of her clients.

Sue shares with us her involvement with the organisation Walk with a Doc. Walk with a Doc was started in 2005 by Dr David Sabgir, a cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio. Frustrated with his inability to affect behaviour change in the clinical setting, Dr Sabgir invited his patients to go for a walk with him in a local park on a spring Saturday morning. To his surprise, over 100 people showed up, energized and ready to move.

Walk with a Doc has grown as a grassroots effort with a model based on sustainability and simplicity. A doctor gives a brief presentation on a health topic and then leads participants on a walk at their own pace. Healthy snacks, coffee, and blood pressure checks are an optional part of a Walk with a Doc event. Walk with a Doc now extends all around the globe with over 500 chapters worldwide.

In this episode, Sue Smith talks about the benefits that she’s seen in the people who have participated in the course of doing this in her local area of Birkenhead. She highlights the ease with which people can make changes to their health as well as helping to build communities that help to relieve isolation and loneliness.