Home' The River Weekly News : RWN 102315 Contents THE RIVER - OCTOBER 23, 2015
American Heart Association To
Host National Eating Healthy Day
The American Heart Association’s Southwest Florida Division invites individu-
als, organizations and companies throughout Lee and Collier counties to join
in National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday, November 4.
National Eating Healthy Day is a campaign to encourage people to eat healthy, get
active and kick-off a healthy lifestyle. Through its National Eating Healthy Day Toolkit,
the American Heart Association provides individuals, schools, community organiza-
tions and workplaces the resources to raise awareness about the importance of good
nutrition while providing the tools to change their lives.
An extension of the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Workplace program,
National Eating Healthy Day’s Toolkit provides:
• How To guides for workplaces, community organizations, schools and individuals
• Getting to Know Fruits and Vegetables
• Holiday Healthy Eating Guide
• Graphics, posters, flyers, banner graphics
• Lunch n’ Learn PowerPoint presentation
• Four Weeks of Daily Healthy Eating Tips
• Articles on healthy eating and more
“For those who’ve participated in our September ‘Life is Why Family Health
Challenge,’ our Fit-Friendly companies and those active in local Healthy Lee efforts,
National Eating Healthy Day is another way to continue their healthy lifestyle efforts,”
explained Cindy Brown, vice president of Patient Care Services at HealthPark Medical
Center and board chairwoman of the American Heart Association local Chairman’s
Board. “It’s also a great way share the importance of healthy ‘food as fuel’ as corner-
stone in a balanced lifestyle with those we care about.”
As part of local activities, Lee Memorial Health System will be hosting their second
annual Vegetarian Chef Cook-Off the week of October 19. Each hospital will sponsor
a chef to participate and for four days the team will travel to a different hospital pro-
moting a vegetarian dish with guests voting on their favorite recipe. The top two will
compete on November 4th, National Eating Healthy Day, for the title of Vegetarian
Chef Champion 2015. This will take place amid the Healthy Lee Million Mile
Movement, the 90-day challenge to the residents of Lee County to move 1,000,000
miles between October 1 and December 29. Individuals can join the challenge at
My Heart. My Life. Sponsors include Lee Memorial Health System and Arthrex.
For more information on National Eating Healthy Day, to get involved with local activi-
ties, or to learn more about the Fit-Friendly Workplace campaign, call 495-4900, or
Vino’s Picasso To Hold Fundraiser
For Special Equestrians
Vino’s Picasso is hosting Special Equestrians for a fantastic fundraiser on
Tuesday, November 17 from 7 to 9 p.m . Special Equestrians is an all volun-
teer, self-administered organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding
classes and equine assisted activities to individuals with physical and mental dis-
abilities from Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. Their riders range in age
from 4 to 75 years of age. Their organization was established in 1987 and will be
celebrating their 28th year of service to the community in 2015.
Help make this fundraiser a success as you spend a night out to paint, enjoy some
vino and appetizers. For $36, guests will have a fabulous two-hour paint session, all
materials included, and a chance to win great raffle prizes.
To donate to Special Equestians, contact 226-1221 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
or visit www.specialequestrians.net.
Cash For Halloween Candy Program
Pediatric Dentistry of Fort Myers’ Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD, is offering an oppor-
tunity to children 13 years or under to trade in their Halloween candy for
cash. The buyback program is to encourage children to get rid of their excess
candy. The pediatric dentist is offering $2 per pound from November 2 to 6.
“We want kids to have fun on Halloween, but also give them an option to do some-
thing with all that sugar,” said Dr. Verwest, who will donate the candy collected to U.S.
troops overseas as part of the Operation Gratitude care packages.
Parents must have their child present with them to be eligible. There is no limit
on the amount of candy that can be turned in. The candy buyback address is 8016
Summerlin Lakes Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33907. For more information, visit www.ver-
west.com and click on cash for my candy.
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Shooting At ZombiCon
everyone pulling in the same direction, we will solve this problem.
Moreover, I want to thank City Manager Saeed Kazemi, Chief Eads, FMPD and
Lee County Sheriff’s Office Sherriff Scott for their teamwork, together with other
law enforcement agencies who remain steadfast and engaged to solve this random
violence. Over the past several weeks, numerous arrest have been made and violent
criminals with long felony histories have been booked and jailed.
The Gulf Coast Humane Society
announced that the next gradu-
ating class from the Second
Chance Pals with the Charlotte County
Department of Corrections Work Camp
will be held on October 27.
The Second Chance Pals program
places homeless shelter dogs in an
obedience-training program with carefully
selected inmates. The dog training pro-
grams teach inmates how to obedience
train dogs, using the Canine Life and
Social Skills (CLASS) program, during an
intensive 8- to 16-week course.
“This program promotes positive train-
ing and gives the dogs real life skills to
become an amazing family member when
adopted,” said Kelly Legarreta, certified
CLASS evaluator and instructor.
Upon graduation, the dogs are highly
adoptable and possess obedience skills
such as how to heel, sit, recall and stay.
They are also house trained, leash trained
as well as responsive to voice com-
mands and hand signals. Some dogs in
the Second Chance Pals program move
on to receive more training to become
Among the graduating class are the
following adoptable pets:
• Caesar, a 4.5-year-old Shar-Pei
mix, is a sweet and loving boy who is
currently our longest resident at GCHS.
Caesar would do well with someone who
is home often for comfort and would do
well with a canine sibling. He is smart,
learns incredibly quickly and is always
eager to please.
• Trixie, a 3.5-year-old Plott hound mix
has exceled during every obedience skill in
the program. She is affectionate, proud of
her skills and prefers larger dogs.
• Winkie, a 4.5-year-old terrier mix
has an incredible story of perseverance.
He was found at the end of the road
missing one eye and recently blind in the
other. He had debilitating separation anxi-
ety. It was feared he would not be able to
overcome his anxiety, but through love
and patience he has come far. He has
learned so many amazing skills through
the Second Chance Pals program. His
obedience training is so advanced he is
used to teach some of the new handlers
how to work with other dogs. His blind-
ness is complete but he navigates very
easily, and adapts well to new surround-
ings. Winkie would be amazing as a com-
panion for someone who is home a lot or
would like a personal therapy dog.
The Gulf Coast Humane Society is
located at 2010 Arcadia Street in Fort
Myers. To reach Gulf Coast Humane
Society or to learn how to adopt a
Second Chance Pals Program dog, call
332-0364 or email: Info@gulfcoasthu-
The Gulf Coast Humane Society
(GCHS) will be having Halloween
fun at their monthly Yappy Hour.
All dogs and their handlers are invited to
join in on the fun on Saturday, October
event will be held at Cape Harbour,
located at 5785 Cape Harbour Drive in
Bring out your furry friend in their
best Halloween costumes to enter for a
chance to win a special prize. GCHS will
have adoptable dogs available to meet
potential new families. T-shirts will be
available for sale and attendees can meet
and visit with GCHS adoptable dogs look-
ing for their forever home.
Come and enjoy the evening as a
selection of vendors will be set up to
promote their businesses and Fathoms
Restaurant and Bar, with The French
Press Café will provide beer, wine during
the event. Proceeds from beverage and
T-shirt sales will benefit GCHS.
For more information about the events
with the Gulf Coast Humane Society, call
332-0364 or visit www.gulfcoasthumane-
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Jack Hess, Treasurer
Carl Greenman, Recorder
Gulf Coast Medical Center
Denise Kerton, President
Belinda Honnen, 1st Vice President
Louise McDonald, M.D ., 2nd Vice
Mary Callaway, Treasurer
Robert (Chip) Dykstra, Secretary
Lee Memorial Auxiliary
Phil Fortin, President
Jim Andrews, President Elect
Jean Perkins, Vice President –
Dan Gillenwater, Vice President – Lee
Ketki Shah, Vice President –
HealthPark Medical Center
Bob Lotz, Vice President – Golisano
Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida
Sandy Heise, Vice President –
Nancy Sammons, Secretary
Ron Currie, Treasurer
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