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Estero Heart Walk
February 17, 2018 @ 8:30 amFree
ESTERO HEART WALK
Estero Community Park
9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd.
Saturday, Feb. 17
Info: Kelly Glewa, Lee County Heart Walk director
239.495.4901 or email Kelly.Glewa@Heart.org
The second annual Estero Heart Walk & Wellness Festival is a free, family-friendly event hosted by the Village of Estero at Estero Community Park to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cardiovascular disease. The non-competitive, quarter-mile walk is open to all age groups.
Participants will receive a complimentary T-shirt and will have opportunity to enjoy a variety of activities including a Kids Zone with games, chair massages, a golf chipping and putting area, bocce ball, horseshoes and more. The Kids Zone, sponsored by Discovery Day Academy, also will offer the opportunity for children to make handmade red capes to wear for the walk. Adults may enjoy complimentary Starbucks coffee, and everyone can sample tastes of healthy foods including vegan donuts!
Lee Health wellness guru Dr. Salvatore Lacagnina (aka. “Dr. Sal”) will be a special guest, along with “Ms. International.” The American Heart Association (AHA) will provide heart-health information, as well as free Lee County Support Network toolkits for those in a variety of topics.
The Platform Sponsor is Lee Health, and the emcee for the event will be NBC-2 morning news anchor Rachel Pierce. Co-chairs for the Estero Heart Walk are Barbara Saxton and Lindsay Chapman.
The inaugural Estero Heart Walk raised $63,000 in 2017. The goal for this year’s walk is $100,000. To join or support a team, visit the American Heart Association website and search for “2018 Estero Heart Walk.”
Research has shown walking to be the single most effective form of exercise to achieve ideal cardiovascular health, according to the AHA. Walking 30 minutes a day can improve critical numbers like weight, blood pressure and cholesterol.
For more information, visit the American Heart Association of Southwest Florida on Facebook or Twitter. And don’t forget to use #EsteroHeartWalk and #HeartHealthySWFL when sharing photos from the event on social media!
Funds raised during Heart Walk allow the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to provide professional and community education, as well as critical research yielding medical advances such as cardiac catheterization, open-heart surgery, angioplasty, pacemakers and CPR. The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more, visit heart.org.