BCMA encourages docs to “walk the talk,” improve patient wellness

Dr. Satish-Desai of Parksville during his 2012 Walk With Your Doc event.

During the week of May 6-12, 2013, the BC Medical Association’s (BCMA) Council on Health Promotion is hosting Walk with your Doc. These 30 minute (or one kilometre) walking events allow physicians to set a positive example for patients, gently encouraging them to be active and improve their health through fitness and prevention.

By organizing and hosting a Walk with Your Doc event, doctors are able to bring their community together for an easy, non-intimidating social event which builds rapport and support for rural residents interested in making healthier lifestyle choices.

Interested in hosting a walk? Email the BCMA to register your event. You will receive a promotional package that includes sign-up sheets, postcards, and pedometers to help promote your event to patients.

For more information and registration, visit www.bcma.org/docswalk.

Walk with Your Doc is an annual event hosted by the BCMA that celebrates the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Move for Health Day.

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The following BC rural and regional physicians are hosting a Walk with Your Doc event in their community this year:

Abbotsford, BC – Dr. Ihsaan Peer

Chilliwack, BC – Chilliwack Division of Family Practice. Participating docs: Drs. Ralph Jones, Chantel Chris, Heather Leyen

Comox, BC – Dr. Theresa Wilson

Courtenay, BC – Drs. Kirsten Emmott and Laura P. Bell

Dease Lake, BC – Dr. Lee Glazier

Denman Island, BC – Drs. Stephen Malthouse, Doreen Tatz, David Scruton

Kamloops, BC – Thompson Region Division of Family Practice. Participating doc: Dr. Shirley Sze

Kelowna, BC – Dr. Hilary Quinn

Invermere, BC – Drs.  Michael Walsh, Chris Gooch, Stephen Arif, Theresa Ross, Tania de Klerk, Arthur Omensdahl, Francois Louw, Colleen Maytham,  Maria Dibb, Jane Fleet, Bruce Johnson,  Shannin Page,  Ian White

Mackenzie, BC – Dr. James Card

Mill Bay, BC – Dr. Lesley Hartford

Mission, BC – Dr. Peter Barnsdale

Nanaimo, BC – Dr. Jennifer O’Farrell , Derek Poteryko

Penticton, BC – Dr. Wendy Ross

Port Alberni, BC – Dr. Daryl Lund

Sechelt, BC – Dr. Isabelle Hughan

Salt Spring Island, BC – Drs. David Beaver , Jan MacPhail, Paula Ryan

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