SEVERAL hundred people turned out the early afternoon of May 6 to walk with Terrace and area doctors along the Grand Trunk Pathway.
Officially billed as Walk with Your Doc, the event is an initiative of the provincial Doctors of BC organization and encourages people to get out and exercise not only for its enjoyment but for the health benefits that follow.
Those who took part received pedometers and had a chance to enter a draw for prizes.
Dr. Greg Linton, who welcomed participants, called out the names of the physicians who were present.
He noted there was a trophy for the most patients who turned out of any doctor.
“I’d like to see that in our clinic,” he said.
One walker who is proof of the benefits of walking is Lakelse Lake area resident Theresa Colgan.
At 67 years of age, Colgan is a breast cancer survivor who walks three hours a day.
“Rain, shine, snow, I’m out there,” said Colgan.
“I’ve been doing this for six and a half years,” said Colgan. “Before that I didn’t walk at all.”
She was encouraged to start walking as part of the overall treatment plan for her breast cancer and has now lost 80 pounds.
Colgan has a variety of walking routes, including not only Lakelse Lake but Onion Lake.