Take a walk with your doc on Move for Health Day next Thursday, May 10 at Bob Dailey Stadium.
This is the second year for the Walk With Your Doc event in Port Alberni. Last year Dr. Daryl Lund started the event with a handful of participants. This year, several more doctors have signed on and Lund has teamed with the Integrated Health Network (IHN) and the city’s parks and recreation department to put on a bigger event.
“It’s part of a province-wide initiative sponsored by the BC Medical Association, and is intended to be a preventative health opportunity designed to encourage patients to walk with their doctors on a path to healthier lifestyles,” Lund said.
Sandra Gentleman, a dietitian with the IHN, said the event “is consistent with our role of helping with health promotion for local residents.”
Two bands have been booked to provide entertainment, including The Elderly Brothers (formerly Rocket 88). Band member Howie Anderson participated in last year’s walk despite being in poor health.
“He did one lap with the walker. Now he does five miles a day,” manager of city recreation service Ron Doetzel said.
The event will also include information tents and tables from Shoppers Drug Mart, Jay’s Lace It Up, Walk the Coast and various fitness centres and trainers.
Lund is hoping to draw 400–500 people for the walk. Doetzel said he hopes the event keeps growing.
Registration and sign-in will take place from 5:30–6 p.m. at the stadium and participants will walk from 6–7:30 p.m. around the track. People may also register by calling their doctors’ office.