Canada's Doctors Make Vancouver Park Donation - Canadian Medical Association promotes healthy, active living at annual meeting

    OTTAWA, Aug. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA)
donated $5000 today to the Vancouver Active Communities (VAC) initiative, a
key component of the "ActNow BC" provincial program aimed at getting
20 per cent more Vancouver citizens active by 2010. The donation was presented
by CMA and British Columbia Medical Association (BCMA) Presidents in Vancouver
at the CMA General Council to the Vancouver Park Board to commemorate the
fifth anniversary of CMA's Walk the Doc program.
    "Walk the Doc encourages physicians to be active and to lead by example"
said Dr. Colin McMillan, CMA President. "Our program helps to keep doctors
healthy - and this in turn benefits our patients. "Today's donation," he added
"is part of Canada's doctors' investment in the health and well being of
Canadians. We are pleased to be able to contribute to the VAC initiative, and
applaud their efforts to promote and facilitate healthy lifestyle choices for
their community."
    A popular recreation activity at CMA events and meetings, Walk the Doc
was launched to help physicians maintain their own health and well-being and
maximize their ability to provide quality health care to patients.
    "The City of Vancouver is leading the way in taking action to inspire,
support and equip our citizens to become more physically active", said Mr. Ian
Robertson, Chair, Vancouver Park Board. "The intent of this initiative is to
make Vancouver one of the healthiest municipalities in the world", added
Vancouver city Councillor B.C. Lee, "and we are very grateful to the CMA for
their donation to help us reach our goal."
    The CMA's financial contribution will support urban walking trail
upgrades throughout the city of Vancouver.

For further information:

For further information: Lucie Boileau, 1-800-663-7336, x1266, (613)
731-8610, x1266

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