I am writing to encourage your participation and leadership in your community in this year’s Walk with your Doc event. Supported by Doctors of BC, this grassroots initiative creates a great opportunity to motivate your patients, many of whom may be less active, to get moving, to promote living a healthy lifestyle in your community, and to connect you with your patients and community in a non-clinical environment. As doctors we are committed to supporting our patients when it comes to managing their own health and in making healthy lifestyle choices – and walking has been shown to be a key factor to good health.
Now in its 8th year, Walk with your Doc has been spreading the word among British Columbians about the health benefits of daily walking – and this event continues to grow with an estimated 5,000 patients participating this year. This would not be possible without the help of doctors across the province who set aside the time to get out into the community with their patients.
I am hoping you will join hundreds of our colleagues across BC who have already signed up and host, or participate in, a Walk with your Doc event in your community during the week of May 6th – May 14th.
Visit walkwithyourdoc.ca to register a walk of your own, or to look for an existing walk in your area. You just need to sign up, and if you do it by April 14, 2017 you’ll receive great promotional materials for your event such as pedometers for your patient participants, Doctor and volunteer T-shirts, promotional posters, cards, and stickers, and Rx for Health pads. Our goal is to make this as easy as possible for you.
I look forward to joining my own colleagues in the south Okanagan community of Oliver, BC, where we will be holding our third Walk with your Doc event. Thank you to the many doctors who are already participating, and I strongly encourage many more of you to jump right in. It’s an amazing event that some doctors have turned into a weekly community social occurrence.
Dr Alan Ruddiman, MB.BCh.(Wits), Dip. PEMP, FRRMS
President, Doctors of BC