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NFM Rec center hosts health fair
February 7, 2018

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It was a chance for the North Fort Myers Recreation Center to give people a taste of the myriad of programs they offer.

For Lee Health and numerous other health care groups, it was their chance to help people live better lives.

The rec center and Lee Health teamed up to host an inaugural wellness expo Saturday morning, where participants were invited to enjoy music, demonstrations of popular classes, healthy food tastings and more.

Lisa Weaver, supervisor of the rec center, said this was an opportunity for area residents to see what's going on as well as get information about the programs Lee Health offers.

"Lee Health and SHARE Club has done health fairs here since we opened, and because we have added a whole lot of additional programming, we thought we wanted to do an open house event, partner with the two and make it not just an open house or health fair but both," Weaver said.

SHARE Club is located at the Healthy Life Center in Cape Coral, but they still do health lectures, education programs and other things at the rec center. They were there along with two dozen other vendors.

Dena Kilgus, health services coordinator for Lee Health, said her company has always been well-connected with Parks & Rec as they hold different programs throughout their facilities in Lee County.

"We've always enjoyed this partnership and bringing it to Lee County. We want to make sure we touch every age group, promoting all the health and exercise programs we offer through Lee Health system," Kilgus said.

Nancy Roberts, manager of the Lee Health Parish Nurse program, was there to give blood pressure screenings and health education.

"We are called to serve our particular congregation to foster heath and wellness in the congregation," Roberts said. "We have 28 nurses in Lee County under the support of Lee Health. We have three in North Fort Myers."

The rec center showed off some of its programs, including Zumba with Sherry Young, Jazzercise and Tai-Chi.

Meanwhile, other participants, such as Kurt Goerke of the American Lung Association, said they are always going to events like this to promote wellness, such as a stairclimbing event and a camp for children who have asthma, as a way to fight for cleaner air.

"We also help people quit smoking and there are a lot of free things like nicotine patches we are trying to get out," Goerke said. "We want to be a friend who's there when people are ready to quit smoking."

Weaver said she would like to do this event every year at the beginning of the year while people are still on a health kick and the snowbirds are in full force.

For more information about this event, please contact the North Fort Myers Recreation Center at 533-7200. For more information about Lee County Parks & Recreation locations, amenities and other special events, visit www.leeparks.org, call 533-7275

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