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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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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.

Rain or shine patients got moving with doctors during the fifth annual Walk with your Doc, May 3 – 11, 2014

The cross-province rain fall did not deter the nearly 2,700 walkers who joined their doctor for a walk during the week of May 3 – 11, 2014. The fifth annual Walk with your Doc saw 58 walks take place in urban and rural areas across BC, including Abbotsford, Campbell River, Nelson, Vancouver, and White Rock. Nearly 300 doctors and other health professionals walked side-by-side with their patients and the public to promote the health benefits of daily activity. 

Walk with your Doc 2014 partnered with 16 Divisions of Family Practice, 4 City Move for Health Events, and the First Nations Health Authority to expand scope and get more people moving in remote communities. All participants received pedometers to count their steps and monitor their daily activity. 

Vancouver kick-off walk a success!

Thank you to everyone who walked with us at Kitsilano Beach May 3, 2014!