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Walk this way for good health

By Dr Davidicus Wong

 

The health benefits of walking are clear.

Walking conditions the heart and lungs, maintains muscle strength, balance and coordination, and helps us maintain a healthy weight. Staying fit is not just for looks; it helps us perform the essential tasks of everyday life, including bathing, cooking, shopping and cleaning.

Docs walk the talk in White Rock

When Dr. Tahmeena Ali arrived in South Surrey 2½ years ago from Alberta, she was shocked to discover that many of the patients in her waiting room were far older than they looked.

The common denominator, she found, was – and remains, still – the seniors' activity levels.

Snap a photo while walking for the chance to win prizes!

Walk with your Doc week starts May 9 and now you have the chance to win great prizes while getting fit!

Snap a photo of your walk from May 1 - 17 and upload it to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #WalkWithYourDoc and you will have the chance to win one of five FitBits.

Your photo will be automatically uploaded to our social page, where our Walk with your Doc staff will decide on which pictures best demonstrate what being active is all about.

Winners will be notified through their social media account at end of the contest.

Good luck, get snapping and stay active!

 

*note: this contest is only available to residents living in British Columbia, Canada.

Doc walk returns

The third edition of the local Walk With Your Doc is set for next Saturday.

It's billed as a short, fun, community walk around Boundary Bay Regional Park.

Even though last year's walk had rainy and windy conditions, the event was still a lot of fun, said Dr. Martin Ray, who will be taking part in the upcoming walk as well.

- See more at: http://www.delta-optimist.com/community/doc-walk-returns-1.1871802#sthash.NtZ4MxnV.dpuf

The third edition of the local Walk With Your Doc is set for next Saturday.

It's billed as a short, fun, community walk around Boundary Bay Regional Park.

Even though last year's walk had rainy and windy conditions, the event was still a lot of fun, said Dr. Martin Ray, who will be taking part in the upcoming walk as well.

- See more at: http://www.delta-optimist.com/community/doc-walk-returns-1.1871802#sthash.NtZ4MxnV.dpuf

The third edition of the local Walk With Your Doc in Delta is set for next Saturday.

It's billed as a short, fun, community walk around Boundary Bay Regional Park.

Even though last year's walk had rainy and windy conditions, the event was still a lot of fun, said Dr. Martin Ray, who will be taking part in the upcoming walk as well.

Walk, talk with family doc

The fourth annual Walk With Your Doc is just one week away and organizers are hoping to see “hundreds” of people, young and old, turn out for the waterfront affair.

Set for May 8 in White Rock, the event is a partnership between Doctors of BC, the White Rock-South Surrey Division of Family Practice and the City of White Rock, as well as an event to mark Move for Health Day – and more.

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.)

- 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.)

- 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.