Rotating local physicians will hit Rose Rudman Trail weekly beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday as they participate in Walk with a Doc.

The Texas Medical Association and the Smith County Medical Society, in conjunction with Fit City Tyler, are promoting the national campaign to encourage regular physical activity.

Unlike the national program that calls for monthly walks, SCMS physicians will commit to weekly walks.

Dr. Li-Yu Mitchell, a Tyler family physician, is spearheading the initiative.

She has previously coordinated a similar program with patients a few years ago. For about nine months, she agreed to be the support that many of her patients needed. At her practice, at least half have type 2 diabetes, while also dealing with hypertension and obesity.

At the beginning of the walk, the leading doctor will discuss a health topic. Several physicians from medical groups in Tyler have agreed to join the program, Dr. Mitchell said, and their rotating schedules are set through at least December.

In addition to improving health literacy, the walks will allow doctors to nurture more personable relationships with patients, Dr. Mitchell said. This is the first initiative for the Fit City Challenge to be lead by physicians.


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