Stories from March 2015

A new year of physical fitness opportunities

Walk with your Doc is now in its sixth year encouraging British Columbians to lead more active lifestyles. Dr Ron Wilson, founder of Walk with your Doc, describes what new initiatives are happening this year, and how Walk with your Doc is connecting with local resources to help patients remain active all year long.

Doctors of BC's Walk with your Doc 2014

Why do doctors want to walk with patients? Because it’s the best prescription for health they can give you.

The countdown is on for this year’s sixth annual Walk with your Doc and we are very excited to get British Columbians walking together with their doctors during the week of May 9 – 17. 

Check out our Walks across BC page to find a walk closest to you. 

Get social this year and post your walk photos with the hashtag #WalkWithYourDoc. Your photo will be seen on our Social page and you will have the chance to win one of five very active prizes. 

Join the walking movement!

How to increase your step count each day

Do you walk enough? An active adult regularly takes 10,000 steps from morning until night, but many of us walk less than half that. If your daily step count is around 5,000 steps or less, you are considered a more sedentary person. 

There are many reasons why a walk should be part of your daily routine.  Not only does it help you lose weight, but it also improves energy levels, quality of sleep, and lowers stress and blood pressure. BC doctors recommend going outside for a half-hour walk each day, thereby increasing your step count by 2,000 – 3,000 steps. 

Here are 10 easy ways to get your step count up:

  1. Choose the stairwell over the elevator.
  2. Get off the bus one stop before your destination.
  3. Park farther from the store entrance rather than nearer.
  4. Use your lunch break as a time to go for a walk.
  5. After every hour of sitting, give yourself a break and walk to the water cooler and back.
  6. At the office, try a “walking” meeting with your colleagues, rather than emailing or talking to them on the phone. 
  7. Offer your friends and neighbours your dog walking abilities.
  8. Start a walking group with friends or family. You’ll enjoy the company and forget the time.
  9. Take an evening stroll after dinner to help digest your meal.
  10. Learn about the walking paths in your community. Visit the library or local tourism office to inquire about routes.

Planning for this year’s Walk with your Doc is under way!

If you are a doctor, Division staff, or city event organizer, please consider hosting a walk for your patients and/or community. Register your walk with us and we will help you every step of the way!

Walk with your Doc in White Rock

Peace Arch News

As a way to promote the benefits of walking and living a healthy lifestyle, the annual Walk With Your Doc even returns to White Rock later this spring. The event is set for 7:30 a.m. on May 8, and the route begins and ends at Bayview Park (at Bay Street and Marine Drive). The walk will include doctors from the White Rock-South Surrey Division of Family Practice, and walkers of all ages are invited to take part.