Home' The River Weekly News : RWN 091115 Contents THE RIVER - SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
Every Day Is Falls Prevention Day
At Hope HealthCare Services
Mostly everyone has heard of Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese tradition that today is
practiced as a graceful form of exercise involving a series of simple, continu-
ous, rhythmic and functional movements performed in a slow, focused manner
accompanied by deep breathing. Research
has proven that with regular practice, Tai
Chi can improve functional balance and the
performance of daily activities and reduce
the risk of falling.
According to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, millions of adults
aged 65 and older fall each year and suf-
fer injuries ranging from hip fractures to
head trauma. Falls often result in a loss of
independence and a decline in health. In 2013, about 25,500 older adults died from
While September 23 is officially Falls Prevention Day, Hope HealthCare Services
recognizes the importance of balance all year long by offering Tai Chi classes through
the Hope Parkinson Program. Participants find that practicing Tai Chi helps improve
balance, gait, walking ability and coordination by developing lower extremity muscle
strength in those with Parkinson’s.
People over 60 years of age who would like to work on their balance are invited to
attend Hope Parkinson Program’s weekly Tai Chi Open Practice Classes held Mon-
days at 3 p.m. in the Hope Cape Community Room, and Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m.
at Hope HealthPark Community Room. There is no cost to attend, and no RSVP is
Hope Parkinson Program participants can enroll in a new Tai Chi class with modi-
fied moves to accommodate those with mobility issues. EZ Seated Tai Chi combines
the benefits of a traditional Tai Chi class with the safety of a chair. The six-week work-
shop is offered Wednesday afternoons from October 14 through November 18 in the
Hope HealthPark Community Room from 1 to 2 p.m. Pre-registration is required. To
learn more, call 985-7727 or email Michelle.Martin@HopeHCS.org.
Hope’s Tai Chi workshops are designed around an evidenced-based falls preven-
tion program developed by the Oregon Research Institute and recommended by the
Centers for Disease Control, the National Council on Aging, and the Administration
To learn more about Hope HealthCare Services programs, including Hope Parkin-
son Program, Hope Hospice, Hope Kids Care, Hope PACE (Program of All-Inclusive
Care for the Elderly), Hope Palliative Care, Hope Visiting Nurses and other home care
services, call 482-4673 or visit www.HopeHCS.org.
Lexington Country Club Cares 5K
Race Benefits Breast Health Centers
Lexington Country Club and The Fort Myers Track Club are teaming up to pres-
ent the Lexington Cares 5K to help patients who receive care from the Regional
Cancer Center’s Breast Health Centers.
This year’s 5K Run/Walk and 1-mile Fun Walk take place on Saturday, October 3
at Lexington Country Club, with a start time of 7:30 a.m. Lexington Country Club is
located at 16257 Willowcrest Way in Fort Myers. Since the race’s inception in 2009,
the event has raised over $100,000.
Pre-registration, with discount, for the race is currently open. Online registration
is available through October 2 at 5 p.m. by visiting www.ftmyerstrackclub.com, while
pre-registration by mail must be post-marked by September 26. Register in person at
the Lexington Country Club Clubhouse through October 2 at 5 p.m. Race day regis-
tration begins at 6:30 a.m.
Individual adult entry fee is $25 through September 10; $30 from September 11
through October 2, and $35 the day of the race. Children, age 12 and under, are $20
through September 10, $25 from September 11 through October 2, and $30 on race
Packet pickup, free T-shirt and race number distribution is set for Friday, October 2
from noon to 5 p.m., at Lexington’s Administration Office. Shirts are guaranteed only
to those registered by September 10.
The certified race begins and ends at the Lexington Country Club Clubhouse.
Awards will follow the race with results posted later in the day at www.ftmyerstrack-
club.com. Awards will be made to overall male and female: Overall, Masters, Grand
Masters, Senior Grand Masters and to males and females in the following age group
categories, three deep: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44,
45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75 and up.
The race will be held rain or shine; no refunds, please. Due to the nature of the
course and for the safety of all participants, unauthorized vehicles, bicycles, roller
blades, skates, heelys, skateboards, strollers and pets are strictly prohibited. Hot and
humid conditions may exist; participants are advised to drink plenty of fluids before
and after the race.
All participants are invited to a complimentary pancake breakfast buffet following
the race in recognition of their support of the event and the Regional Cancer Center’s
Breast Health Centers.
Learn more and register online at www.ftmyerstrackclub.com. Call Lexington
Country Club at 437-0404 for additional details, or contact Sally Wilson, Lee Memo-
rial Health System Foundation, at 343-6057 or Sally.Wilson@LeeMemorial.org.
Family Health Forum
Lee Memorial Health System is participating in the annual Omega Family Health
Forum on Saturday, September 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at Dunbar High School,
3800 E. Edison Avenue in Fort Myers. Bring the whole family, as this health fair
has something for men, women and children of all ages. Meet Major League Baseball
Hall of Famer Lou Brock. Brock was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes one day after his
60th birthday. He will share his story to demonstrate to others living with diabetes that
with the proper diet, exercise and blood glucose management, you can successfully
integrate diabetes management into your life and ambitions.
“We truly have something for everyone, from children’s health to flu shots and
screenings for adults,” said Karen Krieger, director of community affairs for Lee
Memorial Health System. “It’s important to get regular screenings to detect life-
threatening conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes that can have no obvious
symptoms. Lives have been saved at these events and we are excited to be out in the
community and working to help families improve their health.”
This free community event is focused on health awareness and prevention through
various screenings and education including:
• Children’s health
• Children’s dental services
• Women’s health
• Blood pressure
• Sleep disorders
• Smoking cessation programs
• Sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing
• HIV testing
The forum will also offer the chance to get your annual health screenings for pros-
tate, breast and colon cancers. Flu vaccines will be available for adults.
Kid Care representatives will be on hand to help families apply for affordable health
care insurance for their children.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank will also be distributing groceries. Bring reusable
shopping bags or a box to carry the food.
For more information, call 424-2233.
Fit For The Cure
This season, in celebration of the
15th anniversary of Fit For The
Cure, Wacoal has begun a new
initiative inspiring women everywhere to
get fit. Wacoal will donate an extra $1 for
each woman who photographs them-
selves following their fitting with a special
“I Got Fit” sign and shares on social
media using #IGotFit.
For every woman that participates,
Wacoal will donate $2 to Susan G.
Komen for breast cancer research and
community health programs. Wacoal will
donate an additional $2 for every Wacoal
bra, shapewear piece or b.tempt’d bra
purchased at these events.
The local Fit For The Cure event will
be held on Friday, September 18 from
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Belk located at the
Gulf Coast Town Center, 10069 Gulf
Center Drive in Fort Myers. Call 415-
1015 for additional information.
For 15 years, Wacoal has dedicated its
efforts to educating more than 741,000
women across 411 cities about the im-
portance of bra fit, foundation and overall
breast health. To date, through Fit For
The Cure, Wacoal has donated over $4
million to Susan G. Komen and continues
to host more than 1,200 events across
America each year.
Giving back is a major component
of Wacoal’s business philosophy and an
important factor in the growth of the
brand. In 2015, Wacoal will reach two
major milestones: 30 years of making
women look and feel good and 15 years
of raising awareness through Fit For The
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