Dr. Martin Dawes and Physios from Centre for Hip Health and Mobility Vancouver, participated WalkWithYourDoc this weekend, showing the value of being active.
Since 2010 Walk With Your Doc has been spreading the word to British Columbians about the health benefits of daily walking. Each year, during the week of May 10, the World Health Organization’s international Move for Health Day, doctors across BC host walking events for their patients and often for their community too. To date, over 200 walks have been organized, with hundreds of doctors and thousands of people participating. Walkers receive a free pedometer (while supplies last) to help track their steps and continue their healthier lifestyle.
BC doctors prescribe walking to patients as a preventive measure against chronic illness. Please read our Why Walk to learn the associated health benefits of walking.
Walk With Your Doc is a grass roots initiative of Doctors of BC’s Council on Health Promotion (COHP). The first event was started in Vancouver by Dr Ron Wilson, chair of the Athletic and Recreation Committee, who wanted to make a meaningful difference for his patients in a simple and fun way. The idea took hold, and COHP turned it into an annual event. Each year Walk With Your Doc grows in numbers and in 2014 we held a record-breaking 58 walks, with 300 doctors and 2,700 participants.
This year we are pleased to have the support of the Physiotherapy Association and the BC Parks and Recreation Association. Both these associations are dedicated to increasing physical activity and improving overall health and wellness of British Columbians. Watch for your local physiotherapist and recreation professional walking side-by-side with doctors and patients throughout the province.
To learn more about COHP, Doctors of BC, and other ways we are making a difference in the lives of British Columbians, please visit DoctorsofBC.ca.