Doctors, researchers and allied health professionals from Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) and Sydney University are practicing what they preach by leading local walks to encourage the community to get active and improve bone and joint health.

The 3km guided walks have been organised in Lane Cove (Sunday October 9) and Centennial Park (Sunday October 23). These are the first events of their kind in NSW.

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​Not only will participants get the benefits of a walk, they will also get to hear about the latest information in keeping well from the attending health professionals.

David Hunter, Professor of Medicine at University of Sydney and staff specialist rheumatologist at RNSH, said the walks provided a great opportunity to exercise and learn more about health and fitness.

"Participants can discuss bone and joint health with health practitioners and researchers, and learn about prevention and management of symptoms while ‘walking the talk’ and getting some exercise outdoors with other community members," he said.

Professor Hunter said the impetus for the Sydney walks came from overseas.

Walk With Your Doc started as a grass roots initiative of a Canadian doctor, Ron Wilson, who wanted to make a meaningful difference for his patients in a simple and fun way. The idea took hold, and it was turned into an annual event which gets bigger each year.

The RNSH Walk With Your Doc is being run as part of Octobones, a month of events in October to raise awareness of bone and joint diseases.

Registrations for the Lane Cove and Centennial Park Walk With your Doc events are open until October 7 and 21 respectively. Register at http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/ibjr

Walk With Your Doc event details:

• Walk With Your Doc – Lane Cove October 9, 10am-11am Meeting point: At Little Street entrance to Pottery Green Oval (next to the Aquatic Centre).

• Walk With Your Doc – Centennial Park October 23, 10am-11am Meeting point: Jervois Avenue Gates (close to Centennial Parklands Dining).