'Just Walk! Walk With A Doc' Program Gets Support from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

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Groundbreaking Community Health Program Encourages Active Lifestyles

Columbus, OHFebruary 25, 2010 February is heart month, so what better time

to start or enhance an exercise program? And if you need more convincing that walking is a great way to get moving, how about taking that walk with a doctor? Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is pleased to announce its partnership with Just Walk! Walk With a Doc, an innovative program that supports people in keeping active and motivated about their health between doctor's appointments.

"Help your heart, reduce stress and boost energy, meet new friends and have fun!" boasts walkwithadoc.org, touting the program founded in 2002 by Dr. David Sabgir, a board-certified cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Sabgir meets participants every Saturday morning at a Columbus area park or mall. The program has a proven track record of helping people commit to a healthy lifestyle through the encouragement of and interaction with others interested in improving their health.

Research shows we could gain two hours of life for every hour of regular exercise. Just Walk! Walk With a Doc is free and open to anyone interested in taking steps to better health. Dr. Sabgir, other specialists and healthcare professionals are on hand to provide support and answer questions.

"We are excited to be a part of a program that shares our goal of improving the lives of the people we serve, and the health of our communities," said Barry Malinowski, M.D., medical director for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio. "Walk With a Doc is a fun, easy way for people to enrich their lives, and get healthy ... one step at a time."

Just Walk! A Walk With a Doc program is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging healthy physical activities for people of all ages and all fitness levels. The weekly program allows people to reap the benefits of walking in a casual, no-pressure setting. More information about Just Walk! Walk With a Doc can be found at www.walkwithadoc.org.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Community Insurance Company, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.  ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio is available at www.anthem.com.

Media Contact: Kim Ashley (513) 682-8863

/PRNewswire -- Feb. 25/

SOURCE Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield


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