(Fort Myers, Fla. – Sept. 22, 2017) --- Lee Health’s Healthy Life Center is launching a new Walking Club that will meet at the Wellness Center – Cape Coral. The first meeting will be Oct. 4 at 7 a.m., and Larry Antonucci, M.D., MBA, Lee Health President & CEO, will join the group on the walk around the Cape Coral Hospital campus and along the Pathway to Discovery.
“The Healthy Life Walking Club is open to everyone—Lee Health employees and people from the community,” says Molly Grubbs, director, Healthy Life Center. “The club offers the opportunity to make new friends and participate in wellness discussions and programs, all while exercising.”
There are many benefits of walking, including:
Improving blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels
Helping people maintain their body weight and lower their risk of obesity
Enhancing mood and mental well-being
Improving memory and thinking skills
Participants can also log their miles to earn items, such as a sports water bottle (25 miles), T-shirt (50 miles) or hat (75 miles).
“I am excited to join the Healthy Life Walking Club for their inaugural walk,” Dr. Antonucci says. “The Pathway to Discovery and the Cape Coral Hospital campus provide a great venue. The benefits of walking and expanding your social circle are undeniable, and I am excited for those who join the club to reap those rewards.”
The Pathway to Discovery is a 1.7-mile, paved route that features a teaching garden with butterfly-friendly plants, exercise stations, a pond and a healing garden.
The club is free to join, and meets at 7 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Wellness Center – Cape Coral, 609 SE 13th Court, Cape Coral. For more information or to register to participate, call 239-424-3210 or email [email protected]
About Lee Health
Since the opening of the first hospital in 1916, Lee Health has been a health care leader in Southwest Florida, constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. A non-profit, integrated health care services organization, Lee Health is committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Staffed by caring people, inspiring health, services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices and other services across the continuum of care. Formerly known as Lee Memorial Health System, the organization began its second century of service with a new name in 2016. Learn more at www.LeeHealth.org.