Walk With Your Doc takes place in communities across B.C., including Nanaimo. (File photo)

Walk With Your Doc takes place in communities across B.C., including Nanaimo. (File photo)

Nanaimo doctors invite residents out for a walk

Annual Walk With Your Doc event promotes activity

Three Nanaimo doctors hope residents will join them on an annual walk.

Dr. Derek Poteryko, Dr. Betty Bartleman and Dr. Kelvin Houghton invite community members to walk with local health care providers on Saturday (May 13) at the Nanaimo Walk With Your Doc event.

The walk starts at 10 a.m. at Maffeo Sutton Park.

“We know that sitting is the new smoking, and we encourage everyone to be active every day,” said Poteryko, Island Health’s medical director of community health for Nanaimo. “Walking with us on May 13 is a great way to do this. We’re inviting the whole community to join us as we talk the talk and walk the walk.”

Walk with your Doc is a Province-wide event happening between May 6-14.

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 B.C. host walking events for their patients and often for their community too. It is an initiative of the Doctors of B.C., the organization representing physicians around the province.

To date, more than 200 walks have been organized, with hundreds of health care providers and thousands of people participating.

To register online, please go to http://walkwithyourdoc.ca/walks-across-bc and search for Nanaimo.