Salt Lake City "Walks With A Doc" on National Walking Day

Updated:Apr 20,2017

NWDKhorLaughLillian Khor, M.D., began her relationship with the American Heart Association (AHA) in 2009 as a spokesperson for Go Red For Women, the organization’s campaign to empower women to take charge of their heart health. Within six months, she extended her commitment and became the president of the Utah Division Board of Directors, a position she held for four years.

On April 5, Salt Lake City residents utilized National Walking Day as an opportunity to “Walk With A Doc.” The AHA event enabled people to chat about heart health with physicians from the local Together To End Stroke cause sponsor, University of Utah Health. Groups of walkers tracked around the perimeter of City Creek Center in downtown Salt Lake City.

Dr. Khor was one of the doctors who offered to talk with groups of walkers, “I find it refreshing to reach out to people and having meaningful conversations regarding their health,” she says. 

NWDKhorWalkShe went on four walks, tailoring her discussions to fit the needs of the participants with whom she was walking. One group was a family of tourists. The children weren’t sure what questions to ask, so Dr. Khor quizzed them about how much time they spent engaging in physical activity compared to their “screen time.” Another walk was spent with a woman on break from lunch at a local company, so she had a more intimate discussion regarding the woman’s personal heart health.

Most of the participants were surprised by the amount and level of activity required to maintain a basic healthy lifestyle. The AHA recommends that adults participate in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, or a combination of both each week. Kids should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

Walking is one of the safest, least expensive and most sustainable forms of exercise. Encouraging people to move more is part of the AHA’s Healthy For Good movement, designed to inspire all Americans to live healthier lives and create lasting lifestyle changes. Other parts of the movement include eating more fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet, creating a healthy life balance through self- care.