Dr. Lee MacKay will be leading a walk tonight at 6 p.m. to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Walk With Your Doc event in Nelson

Tonight, at 6 p.m., you can join Nelson’s Dr. Lee MacKay for a healthy walk beginning at the Big Orange Bridge at the end of Lakeside Park.

Tonight, at 6 p.m., you can join Nelson’s Dr. Lee MacKay for a healthy walk beginning at the Big Orange Bridge at the end of Lakeside Park.

Doctors from the Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice are inviting patients and community members in multiple communities across the region to “Walk With Your Doc.”

Walk With Your Doc welcomes all ages and abilities for a one to two kilometre (about 20 minutes) to promote the importance of physical activity for better health.

And to keep track of their “steps to better health,” the first 25 participants in each community will receive a free pedometer.

“Physical activity has been proven in study after study to be one of the most important factors in maintaining good health,” said Dr. Lee MacKay, board chair of the Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice.

“Regular walking has been shown to lower the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, as well as heart disease and stroke, lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, reduce body fat, enhance mental well-being, increase bone density, help to prevent osteoporosis, help flexibility and coordination. It’s a pretty impressive list.”

People interested in walking should contact Anna Walker at awalker@divisionsbc.ca, for more information and to sign up.

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