During the week of May 7 – 15, 2015, physicians hosted walks for their patients and the public in 57 communities around BC. Now doctors and patients explain why walking is the best form of exercise there is.
Last week, BC hosted their Walk with your Doc initiative, which invites doctors and their patients throughout the province to participate in a short walk. Eighty per cent of Fernie doctors joined in the Annex Park walk, encouraging their patients to take advantage of the three km trek. During the walk doctors noted the importance of practicing what they preach. I believe this motto is something we should live by. People aren’t going to take medical advice from a doctor who is clearly out of shape. The same logic applies to the personal training profession. You wouldn’t hire a personal trainer who is clearly out of shape.
Over 4,000 British Columbians got moving in the 6th annual Walk with your Doc. Patients and their doctors walked through forests, around neighborhoods, on sports tracks, and along piers. A big thank you to all of our partners who joined in on the fun, including the BC Physiotherapy Association, BC Parks and Recreation, and the First nations Health Authority.
Host Karen Elgersma, from Go! Island, takes part in Sidney's annual Walk with your Doc event and interviews Drs Fiona and Mandy Coleman about the associated physical and mental health benefits of walking every day
The simple act of placing one foot in front of the other can offer excellent health benefits — including for one’s mind and soul.
Dr Fiona Coleman, one of three doctors on hand at the annual Walk With Your Doc event at Sidney’s Rest Haven Lodge recently, says walking can be the gateway exercise to better overall fitness and health.
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This event was started in 2010 to educate British Columbians about the health benefits of daily walking. Since then, there have been over 200 walks across BC with hundreds of doctors and thousands of people participating. As an added incentive to take a stroll, organizers are giving participants a free pedometer. Sign up online for a walk near you.
Campbell Riverites took the opportunity to tell their doctors to take a hike in the annual Walk with your Doc.
About 30 people, most of them residents, staff and volunteers of Yucalta Lodge, joined Dr. Caitlyn McFadden in Monday’s sunny weather for a stroll down Cedar St. The walk, part of a series taking place throughout the province this week, was sponsored by the Campbell River and District Division of Family Practice.
Family physicians in South Delta took part in Walk With Your Doc last Saturday morning in Boundary Bay Regional Park. The third annual event, held in conjunction with the World Health Organization’s Move for Health Day, saw a large group of South Deltans take a stroll along the dike. Photos by Gord Goble