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.


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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