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Lee Port Authority earns AHA honor

November 8, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Lee County Port Authority was recognized by the American Heart Association as a Gold Level Fit-Friendly Worksite at the Nov. 8 joint board meeting of the Board of Port Commissioners and Airports Special Management Committee. This program showcases the importance of a healthy work environment and employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employee's health.

Gold Level awards are given to worksites that meet the criteria to offer employees physical activity support, increase healthy eating options at work and promote a wellness culture, as well as implement at least six physical, two nutrition and one cultural activity to a minimum of 25 employees.

The Lee County Port Authority has introduced Health Hub, a new wellness program that offers activities and information to employees with the goal of improving health and well-being. Some of the elements of the LCPA program include on-site fitness with yoga and other exercise classes offered, "Walk at Noon" with maps outlining different walking paths and distances for airport employees or the public, on-site Mobile Mammography, free on-site flu shots, "Lunch & Learn" educational programs, the addition of healthy options in vending machines and participation in the 2012 Lee Heart Walk.

The American Heart Association's mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The Fit-Friendly program started in 2007 and has recognized more than 2,500 worksites representing 5.6 million employees.

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