Nearly 87,000 Miles Logged in Lee County in Just Two Weeks

Healthy Lee’s Million Mile Movement Taking Steps Toward Better Health

(Fort Myers, Fla. – Jan. 25, 2017) --- Just two weeks after the kickoff of Healthy Lee’s Million Mile Movement, more than 86,000 miles have already been logged by participants enrolled to help reach the goal. During the kickoff Jan. 9, Healthy Lee – Lee County’s community collaborative focused on improving the overall health and well-being of our community – issued a challenge to the community to move 1,000 miles by March 31. Major sponsors of the challenge announced their team goals at the kickoff, held at Around the Clock Fitness in Fort Myers, and then began logging miles on treadmills during the event. Other businesses and organizations stepped up to the challenge and pledged team goals as well.

In total, 285,000 miles were ‘pledged’ by the sponsors, and other supporters attending the event. Here’s a breakdown of the pledges in miles:

Around the Clock Fitness 15,000
Chamber of Southwest Florida 10,000
City of Cape Coral 40,000
Edison National Bank 5,000
Gravity Benefits 10,000
Greater Ft. Myers Chamber 25,000
Jason’s Deli 35,000
Lee County Electric Coop 5,000
Lee Health 60,000
The News-Press 15,000
Markham Norton Mostellar Wright 10,000
McHale Caruso Scullion Knox 5,000
Owen-Ames-Kimball 5,000
Physicians Primary Care 11,000
Paradies/Lee County Port Authority 9,000
School District of Lee County 25,000

Healthy Lee Chairman Robbie Roepstorff, president of Edison National Bank, issued the challenge to the community. She was joined by Million Mile Movement co-chairs Ben Siegel, deputy executive director– administration for Lee County Port Authority, and Christin Collins, system health and wellness business partner for Lee Health.

Healthy Lee promotes every aspect of healthy living, from exercise opportunities to eating right and cultivating mental health, for every resident. “By bringing best practices to Lee County, we are working to create a culture of healthy lifestyles and improve Southwest Florida’s overall quality of life,” Roepstorff says. “The Million Mile Movement challenge is a fun way to encourage employees, families, friends and neighbors to get moving toward better health.”

Join the Challenge

The Million Mile Movement challenge is free and open to all Lee County residents—of all ages and fitness levels. Visit www.HealthyLee.com/news-events/Million-Mile-Movement to register as an individual or create a team with your family, friends and co-workers. All participants will receive a weekly email newsletter with health tips and motivation throughout the 12-week challenge. If you participated last year, your registration automatically renews. Please log in to update your profile.

Set Your Goal

How many miles do you want to move during the challenge? Make sure your goal is realistic and attainable, so you stay motivated to reach it. If you choose to create a team, set your own individual goal, as well as the team’s goal.

Get Moving and Log Your Miles

Visit the easy-to-use website— www.HealthyLee.com/news-events/Million-Mile-Movement —to track your healthy activities – walking, running, biking, swimming or just about any movement counts. The website also features a movement converter tool to convert a variety of healthy activities into miles, so incorporate different exercises to keep yourself interested, engaged and challenged. If you’re looking for different ways to get moving in Lee County, the event calendar on the Healthy Lee website features health and wellness events, activities and ideas. This keeps you motivated to continue working toward your goal, and the Million Mile Movement Leaderboard keeps you updated on our community’s progress toward 1,000 miles.

Cutline: Business leaders take steps toward their team goals at Healthy Lee’s Million Mile Movement launch, held at Around the Clock Fitness. 285,000 miles were pledged during the launch by local businesses and organizations.


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. Learn more at www.LeeHealth.org


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