Stories from April 2015

Health: The habit of physical activity

By Dr Davidicus Wong

How do we acquire our habits?

Often it is from the standard set by those around us.

If your friends each have more than three alcoholic drinks in one day when you go out on the weekend, you might think that’s normal and healthy (If you do, it’s not. Ask your doctor or your liver.)

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How do we acquire our habits?

Often it is from the standard set by those around us.

If your friends each have more than three alcoholic drinks in one day when you go out on the weekend, you might think that’s normal and healthy (If you do, it’s not. Ask your doctor or your liver.)

- See more at: http://www.vancourier.com/living/health/health-the-habit-of-physical-activity-1.1867115#sthash.AKohxsw9.dpuf

How do we acquire our habits?

Often it is from the standard set by those around us.

If your friends each have more than three alcoholic drinks in one day when you go out on the weekend, you might think that’s normal and healthy (If you do, it’s not. Ask your doctor or your liver.)

- See more at: http://www.vancourier.com/living/health/health-the-habit-of-physical-activity-1.1867115#sthash.AKohxsw9.dpuf\

How do we acquire our habits? Often it is from the standard set by those around us. If your friends each have more than three alcoholic drinks in one day when you go out on the weekend, you might think that’s normal and healthy (If you do, it’s not. Ask your doctor or your liver.)
 

Doctors can impact their patients' lifestyle by inviting them to walk, says Kamloops FP

When Sandra Baird, of Kamloops, BC, made the decision in 2009 to change her diet and become more active she knew she needed support from her family and physician. “Losing weight is a difficult thing,” says Sandra, “It can be frustrating and there are setbacks. You need encouragement from the people you trust that what you’re doing is worth it.”

Walk with your Doc in Nanaimo this May

Nanaimo doctors are stepping up to encourage physical activity during the annual Walk with your Doc event. Physicians will take to trails at Maffeo Sutton Park with patients and their families on May 9 for the sixth annual Walk with your Doc event.

Walk with your Doc gets the whole community moving in Port Alberni, BC

Each year for the past four years the town of Port Alberni, BC, enjoys a large Walk with your Doc event that brings out over 95% of the town’s doctors and hundreds of its residents. “I can’t deny I get satisfaction hearing we’re the most successful Walk in BC,” laughs Dr Daryl Lund, who started the community event in 2011 with an impressive 200 walkers. “Now we have a challenge to stay on top, I hear events are growing in Chilliwack and Vancouver.”

For cardiac patients, “walking is the ideal prescription,” says Vancouver doctor

With three kids and a fourth on the way, Stephania Ferrari, of Coquitlam, BC, is one hardworking mom. Her days are filled with carpools, picking up clothes, negotiating meals, loving hugs, and soothing tears. Many mothers can relate, but Stephania has additional challenges that make each day harder than for most. Stephania has Multiple Sclerosis and cardiac issues that put her at risk if she over exerts herself.

From multiple chronic conditions to feeling a whole lot better just by walking

Three years ago William Kreacul was suffering from a list of chronic illnesses. A daily smoker, Mr Krecaul, was overweight, had high blood pressure, diabetes, and had suffered a small stroke. Concerned at the rate in which his patient’s health was deteriorating, Dr Satish Desai, a family physician in Parksville, BC, recognized something needed to change in his day-to-day routine. So Dr Desai asked Mr Kreacul to join him for a walk, and discuss how daily activity could improve upon his health and quality of life.