When they say someone “walks the walk” not just “talks the talk” they might have programs like “Walk with a Doc” in mind

Rosanne Falcone, Dr. Megan Mescher-Cox, Maria Tuason Combs, Dr. Ramsey Ulrich and Dr. David Mescher enjoying Walk with a Doc.

by Rosanne Falcone

Doctors — a profession not known for the abundance of free time in their lives — generously donates a Saturday every month to gather with people and encourage them to get moving. This program is truly a gift to all who attend.

We met, as we do the first Saturday of the month — at 9 a.m. at the Ventura Pier boardwalk. It was a glorious day — typical perfect Ventura! Lead by Dr. Megan Mescher-Cox, the Walk with a Doc team set up tables and provides encouragement along with coffee and water and the most upbeat energy you could imagine. There were as many smiles as there were walkers. Even the pups that brought their owners seemed to be soaking up the happy vibe.

Dr. Megan invited Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance (TCMBB) certified instructors — Maria Tuason Combs and Rosanne Falcone — from the Oxnard R.S.V.P. program to demonstrate the 8-Form Tai Chi we teach free to seniors. Students from our CMH Wellness Center TCMBB class came and participated in the demonstration, offering their stories of how this Tai Chi program has enhanced their lives — improving overall health, cutting meds and making a daily impact.

There were three doctors here as well as professionals in other moving-for-health-enhancing areas. Every one of them was available to chat with participants. Each one conveyed the feeling that your conversation was really worth their undivided attention.

Amazing way to spend an hour on a glistening Saturday morning.

Thank you, Dr. Megan and amazing Walk with a Doc team. Your time is an ongoing gift to community health. You truly “walk the walk” toward wellness.

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