Walk with COACH Program

The UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute’s Community Outreach and Cardiovascular Health (COACH) Program offers health awareness, education, and services to help our communities prevent cardiovascular disease.

Our Walk with COACH Program aims to help people who are at risk for or living with heart disease get and stay active through a supervised, community-based walking program.

Walking can help lower your risk for heart disease. It can also be a vital part of a heart disease treatment plan.

Regular walking offers a gentle, low-impact type of activity that can help you control several risk factors for heart disease, including your:

  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol levels
  • Blood sugar levels
  • Weight
  • Ability to cope with stress

Walk with COACH is a free program offered by the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute.

Each Monday and Wednesday at noon, members of the Heart and Vascular Institute’s clinical staff lead one-mile walks around Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood, giving you a chance to take steps toward better health and allow you to connect with others who know what it’s like to be in your shoes.

At your first session, you will receive a welcome packet with information about walking for heart health and how to make the most of your walks.

During each session, members of the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute – which may include doctors, nurses, and other clinical staff members – will lead a one-mile walk around Oakland, beginning at UPMC Presbyterian.

View the walking route here.

Walking route is subject to change based on construction.

The Walk with COACH Program is open to people of all ages and fitness levels.

While walking is safe for most people, it’s always best to talk to your doctor to find out what's right for you.

Participants that are UPMC Health Plan members or UPMC employees are eligible to take part in the Take a Healthy Step (TAHS) initiative.

Participating in four (4) Walk with COACH walks in one calendar month can help you earn up to 25 TAHS credits.

If you are interested in having your participation count for TAHS, please provide your UPMC Health Plan Member ID in the form below. Member IDs collected will only be used for participation in Take a Healthy Step and will not be used for insurance or billing purposes.

Wellness Disclaimer

We are committed to helping you achieve your best health. Rewards for participating in a wellness program are available to all members. If you think you might be unable to meet a standard for a reward under this wellness program, you might qualify for an opportunity to earn the same reward by different means.

Contact us at 1-855-395-8762, and we will work with you and your doctor to find a wellness program with the same reward that is right for you in light of your health status.

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