March 1, 2017

Inspiring Health: Healthy Life Centers Put Mission, Vision and Values in Motion

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Larry Antonucci

The Healthy Life Centers encourage healthier lifestyles through education, inspiration, programs, services and navigation throughout Lee Health.

Since the first location opened in Estero at Coconut Point in December 2015, more than 20,700 people have visited the Center and participated in the various offerings and activities. The success of the Estero location led to the opening of the Healthy Life Center at the Wellness Center - Cape Coral in January and a Healthy Life Center will open in April at Babcock Ranch.

Yoga classes first drew in Bonita Springs resident Kathleen Hofer. As she started regularly attending the yoga classes, she began picking up the monthly schedule, which can include anything from physician- or health care professional-led lectures to cooking demonstrations, health screenings or book club meetings. "I started checking out the monthly presentations and found many that I thought were interesting," she says. "Now, along with the yoga classes, I look forward to getting the list of activities each month."

Kathleen says living a healthy lifestyle has been important to her, but it means more as she gets older. "I've noticed aches and pains in my knees and hips, and I know I need to eat correctly, drop some weight and exercise or it is only going to get worse," she says. "The Center is helping with that. In January, I started an eight-week class they were offering that focuses specifically on exercise and nutrition."

The Healthy Life Center is also opening up new ideas for Kathleen. "I'm not a vegetarian, but I am interested in finding new ways to prepare vegetables, so I'm looking forward to attending the Whole Food, Plant-Based group," Kathleen says. "And, though I wasn't able to attend the community lecture with Dr. Neal Barnard, I was intrigued by the topic and picked up his book 'The Cheese Trap' at the library. I wouldn't have known about the book if not for the Healthy Life Center."

Kathleen says she appreciates that the staff at the Healthy Life Center is always looking for different ways to serve the community through their programming. I could not agree more. The Healthy Life Centers empower through care and compassion, inspire hope, show respect, strive for excellence and educate people, so in those ways, the Healthy Life Centers put our mission, vision and values in motion every day.

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Yours in Health,

Larry Antonucci signatureLarry Antonucci, M.D., MBA

President & CEO, Lee Health

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