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Walk With Your Doc invites community participation

Doctors, patients, caregivers and families will all join Thursday to promote the benefits of daily exercise. The annual Walk With Your Doc in Port Alberni will showcase people of all ages walking laps around Bob Dailey Stadium track. Many local health care providers are on board.

Dr. Daryl Lund will be there and said the message is an important one. "We tell patients to get exercise regularly and eat right but practicing what we preach is important," Lund said. "Make it a part of your daily life," he said. "It is like an investment. Pay yourself first before you call it a day."

Docs walk the healthy talk

Between heaving cross-fit types lumbering around city blocks like they just looted a medicine ball factory and pelotons of cyclists who, amazingly, all seem to have landed corporate sponsorship judging from their logo-laden kits, it’s not a stretch to see why one might feel intimidated by the prospect of getting fit in a city seemingly full of fit people.

But there’s nothing wrong with regular old walking to get the heart healthy, the blood moving, and to brush away mental cobwebs. So Metro Vancouver physicians got together Saturday morning to promote the idea of doing just that with Walk with Your Doc.

Walk with Your Doc in Sidney, BC, May 13

The Rest Haven Foundation invites you to Walk with your Doc.

On Wednesday, May 13 at 10 AM, caregivers, clients, their families and doctors meet at Rest Haven Lodge. From there, they set out on a walk in the neighbourhood.

Walk with your Doc in the East Kootenays

Patients across the region will get a chance to hang out with a family physician and get some exercise as part of an initiative to mark Move for Health Day.

Walk with your Doc is an event highlighting the World Health Organization's Move for Health Day and events will be happening in Cranbrook, Kimberley and across the East Kootenay region on Thursday, May 14th from noon-1 PM.

BC doctors prescribe exercise instead of medicine

Some British Columbians are leaving the doctor's office with a prescription to hit the gym or take yoga classes.

Six months ago, a group of doctors in the Central Okanagan region started a pilot project to link patients to local community fitness centres. The project was so successful that the non-profit Central Okanagan Division of Family Practice now wants to get more doctors on board.

Walk with your Doc in Campbell River

From prescribing exercise to providing an example, Campbell River doctors will get a dose of their own recommended medicine next week during the annual BC Walk with your Doc week.

Doctors will join their patients for walks throughout the province the week of May 9–17, and two walks are scheduled in Campbell River.

Walk with Your Doc: patients get social for good health with BC’s doctors

In Agassiz, the local health care team is joining hands with the BC Recreation and Parks Association to incorporate Walk with your Doc into their Move for Health Day Walk and Water Workout. On Thursday, May 14, at 12:30 p.m., community members will be walking with their doctor along the Mountain Trail, affording them spectacular views of Mt. Cheam and plenty of fresh country air.

Take a walk with your doc in Parksville Qualicum Beach

BC's annual Walk with your Doc will see nearly 70 doctors on Vancouver Island prescribe exercise to their patients as well as host 14 walking events in an effort to get people in local communities outside and moving.

Walk With Your Doc next Tuesday at Mac Isle

The annual Walk With Your Doc event in Kamloops will take place on Tuesday, May 12, on McArthur Island.

The local walk is being organized by the Kamloops Division of Family Practice and will begin at 6 p.m.

From May 9 to May 17, walks will be held in various cities. Residents taking part in the free events will receive a free pedometer by signing up at local.walkwithyourdoc.ca:8888.

We were all made to move

To some, the idea of exercise brings to mind four-letter words, like pain and work. But physical activity is not just for athletes and kids. It is essential to all of us. Healthy physical activity is one of the four foundations of self-care (a healthy lifestyle). The others are a healthy diet (what you put into your body), healthy relationships (how you relate) and emotional health (how you feel). The most important predictors (what you have control over) of your future health are the habits you practice today.