Thanks to News-Press for its editorial in support of local efforts, led by Healthy Lee and the Blue Zones Project, to promote healthy lifestyles, with an emphasis on the role of the built environment and the importance of complete streets in this effort. The editorial also applauds BikeWalkLee's efforts in support of complete streets.
News-Press editorial Nov. 28, 2015
Below are excerpts:
statistics are alarming and demand our attention: 1 out of every
4 children in the U.S. are too fat to serve in the military. The number
of obese and overweight people in this country is pushing 70 percent.
there hope these statistics can change and change soon? Yes. We have
been encouraged by the efforts of the Healthy Lee initiative, the
Million Mile Movement crusade, the efforts of the Lee Memorial Health System to invest so much into health and wellness programs and now the healthy living program rolling out in Collier County called
the Blue Zones Project. The city of Naples is investing in the project
that has been embraced by 26 U.S. cities. We also are pleased to see
that Bonita Springs, Estero, FGCU and Florida SouthWestern State College officials have expressed interest in the project as well.
......Healthy Lee and the dedication of those involved with
the initiative has been a positive response. Fittingly, the program was
recognized in July by America’s Essential Hospitals,
winning the 2015 Gage Award for Population Health, which nationally
honors activities that improve health outcomes. The latest Healthy Lee
cause to promote positive lifestyle changes is the Million Mile
Movement, which has encouraged the community to log one million miles by
Dec. 29. There are over 1,200 participants in the challenge, but there
is plenty of work to be done to reach the goal. As of this week, only
211,000 miles have been logged in the first 60 days, with only a month
to go to the deadline. We applaud the efforts of Michael McCullough (1,880 miles), Bob Green (1,759), and Matt Moomaw (1,296), who are the challenge pacesetters.
applaud the efforts of BikeWalkLee and the dedication of its members to
encourage communities to follow the Smart Streets concept and build
streets that not only accommodate vehicles but also paths for cyclists
and pedestrians. This not only promotes safe streets but also exercise.
Blue Zones initiative and the work of Naples Community Health to lead
the program also deserves our praise. “We want to get out of the repair
business and into the prevention and maintenance business,” Naples
Community Health CEO and President Allen Weiss said.
He is right.
Encouraging healthy lifestyles now, through programs like Blue Zones and
Healthy Lee, can lower the risks of developing diabetes and other
diseases. We also applaud the efforts of those on the project’s steering
committee and others who have reached out to the low income
communities in Immokalee and other areas, as well as faith-based organizations, to encourage their participation as well.
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