Local Wellness Coalition Article from the Island Sun, Aug. 9, 2013

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The Healthy Lee movement is taking its message of healthier lifestyle choices to the streets this fall, thanks to the first ever Streets Alive event. Streets Alive will be the first signature event for Healthy Lee, the local wellness coalition created to empower and inspire the people of Lee County regarding healthy lifestyle choices through education and action. Streets Alive is focused on creating active fun for residents and visitors of all ages and abilities on streets, temporarily closed to motor vehicles, and highlighting healthier food and beverage offerings. “Streets Alive was developed as our signature event because it shows attendees in a fun, family atmosphere the multitude of opportunities people in Lee County have to adopt a healthier lifestyle,” said Sally Jackson, co-chairwoman of the Healthy Lee Coalition.

“The event is slated as an opportunity to showcase our Healthy Lee tagline: ‘Choose. Commit. Change’ – three simple, action-oriented steps that resonate with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. If you choose to participate, commit to healthy lifestyle choices such as good nutrition and regular exercise, you can ultimately change the way you look, feel and live, for the better.” Streets Alive temporarily closes downtown streets to traffic and opens them up for people to play, including free activities such as walking, biking, aerobics, kickball, yoga and dance. The first event is set for Sunday, November 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the downtown Fort Myers River District.

Streets Alive features instructors offering a buffet of free and accessible games, sports, dance and other movement for attendees to try. There will be several activity villages where a variety of activities and instructions will be offered, along with a series of events taking advantage of the traffic-free downtown streets. Participants of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate, with the focus particularly being on easy-to learn activities to get people moving. The family-friendly Streets Alive will have local restaurants and outlets along the route offering food and beverages, highlighting their most delicious and nutritious menu items. A range of other vendors will also be participating in the festivities. For more information or sponsorship options, go to www.streetsaliveswfl.org.