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HEALTHY LEE LEE COUNTY’S GROUNDBREAKING INITIATIVE AIMS TO IMPROVE COMMUNITY HEALTH AND CHANGE LIVES
GEAR - WHAT’S IN HER GYM BAG?
FEATURING IRONMAN ATHLETE JULIA WRESKI
GEAR - FIT TECH
FITNESS MATTRESSES: FAB OR FLOP?
FUEL - TRY THIS
DETOX SMOOTHIE RECIPES
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AN ANCIENT HEALING ART MIGHT BE THE SECRET TO STAYING HEALTHY
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PHOTOS FROM SOUTHWEST FLORIDA’S BEST RACES AND EVENTS
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CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER What are the three little words that everyone loves to say at the start of a new year? “Resolve, resolve, resolve.” Ok, so technically that’s one little word repeated three times, but it sure does have a lot of power, doesn’t it? Resolve. Resolve to work out more. Resolve to work less and spend more time with family. Resolve to eat better. Resolve to kick that bothersome habit. You get the drift. But what ‘resolution’ often implies is that somehow we failed last year; that we aren’t acknowledging the strides we DID make in 2015. So maybe you reached for a cookie more than your nutrition plan technically allowed, but darnit, you made a kale smoothie every single day for breakfast! And maybe you didn’t hit that PR or shave off that extra minute during race season, but you can’t deny you came close, and maybe even made gains in your overall endurance. Bottom line: what most people love about a new year is that it’s perceived as a totally fresh start, but that doesn’t mean you should scrap all the hard work you did in 2015 and effectively begin again. Instead, look at 2016 as more of a continuation, or “work in progress.” Here in this issue, you’ll find that “work in progress” theme prevalent in our featured stories too. Like the continual strides Lee County has been making since 2012 to offer their denizens a better roadmap to health and wellness with their innovative Healthy Lee initiative. Or how you can use face mapping, based on the ancient healing arts of aruyveda, as a guide to improve your health one problem area at a time. And our intriguing look into the world of roller derby, featuring the Fort Myers Derby Girls, showcases how a unique, all-female sport continues to gain traction right here in Southwest Florida. No matter what you resolve to do this year, be sure to put “kindness to self” at the top of your list, and consider every little step you make – no matter how small – to be one in the right direction. Happy New Year, everyone!
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JUICE BAR OPENS 4TH LOCATION AT COCONUT POINT MALL
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A fresh fruit and vegetable juice and smoothie bar with locations on Naplesâ€™ 5th Avenue South, Pine Ridge Road and Pavilion Center on US 41 and Vanderbilt Beach Road is opening itâ€™s 4th location at Coconut Point mall in January 2016!
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This new location will offer the same celebrated menu as its Naples counterparts including its specialty menu of: 11 fruit and vegetable juices, 11 fruit and vegetable smoothies, a range of cold pressed juices and functional wellness shots. In addition, Delicious Raw Coconut Point will offer a range of superfood wellness bowls.
All juices and smoothies are made from only fresh, raw, high-quality produce and super foods, thereby unharmed by oxidation, additives, and preservatives. Visit us:
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House of Flyte Aerial Studio is licensed with AntiGravity® Fitness, a comprehensive fitness technique designed to increase one’s overall health and physical agility.
On January 14th, 2016 from 6pm-8pm BKS Yoga will host their Grand Opening Party with a Free Celebration Yoga Class starting at 6pm. Guests are encouraged to wear white or light colored clothing.
Take Flyte with your mind, body and soul.
Celebrate one year of business with a party and free class.
This special form of exercise is used to increase flexibility and strength while decompressing the spine and re-aligning the body.
Come to eat, drink, and enjoy live music and vendor specials. All are welcome for this time of celebration and to thank the community for a blessed first year of business.
All House of Flyte Aerial Studio instructors are certified in the AntiGravity® Fitness technique, and will help studio members learn at their own pace. House of Flyte offers classes for all ages and fitness levels. Check them out at: The Shoppes at Vanderbilt
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BKS Yoga Studio caters to yoga novices and the experienced yoga devotee.
BKS offers a variety of yoga classes, shopping in the unique boutique space, as well as massages or private yoga sessions to improve your wellbeing. Check them out at:
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WHAT’S IN HER GYM B AG ?
JULIA WRESKI BY DA NA L E I G H S M I T H
Fierce Ironman athlete and mom of four Julia Wreski shows us her workout must-haves for grueling training sessions and triumphant race days. Swimming 2.4 miles, completing a 112-mile bike ride, and then running a marathon without a break is no easy feat. But for Fort Myers-based Ironman athlete Julia Wreski, that’s the easy part. What challenges her the most is getting to the starting line. “Training for an Ironman is no joke,” says Wreski, who came in first for women’s overall for the Olympic distance at the 2015 Naples HITS Olympic Distance Triathlon. “It takes a lot of dedication and work, and not every race will turn out like you want it to. But training is a major confidence booster. Even though the workouts suck sometimes, I’m always happy afterward and I continually surprise myself with how much my body can do.” To stay in top condition, she laces up her running sneakers in the morning, then hits the pool or hops on a bike. Sometimes, she’ll do both. Wreski, who was the first female finisher out of the water at the 2015 Ironman Florida, devotes between 15 and 20 hours a week to triathlon training, which she says not only keeps her in race-ready form but also helps her set an example for her children. “One of the reasons I do this sport is to show my kids that if you have a goal and put in the work, you can make it happen.”
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“For training I wear a Trek Circuit, but I just got a hot pink Rudy Wingspan helmet for racing. It is supposed to be more aerodynamic, and the bright color will make me hard to miss.”
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“It can be chilly before races start and when there’s a lot of time to kill it can be pretty awful. Small, disposable hand and feet warmers can be lifesavers.”
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Fit for sleep FN INVESTIGATES THE SCIENCE BEHIND “FITNESS MATTRESSES” THAT CLAIM TO OFFER ATHLE TES A BE TTER NIGHT’S SLEEP.
ou already know that sleep is a necessary pillar of general wellness and fitness recovery, but fewer of us give our sleep gear all that much thought. We just throw on our PJs, get under the covers, and try to doze off. But what if there was a mattress that could actually help you rest more soundly, increasing the rate at which you recover and benefit from your workouts? No, this isn’t a scene from the best dream ever (no need to pinch yourself!); a number of companies now offer high-tech mattresses complete with recovery technology. But do fitness enthusiasts actually need a “fit bed”? More importantly, do these mattresses deliver their advertised benefits? Here, with the help of some of the foremost sleep experts, we look into the science behind two of the leading brands: 1. Bear Mattress $650–950 The Technology: The top layer of the mattress is made with “cooling,” “pressure-relieving,” gel-infused memory foam. The product is said to be engineered to relieve pressure, speed recovery, increase energy, and, of course, improve sleep.
Best for: Side sleepers. While traditional memory foam is orthopedically beneficial because of its ability to contour to the body’s position on the mattress, which can lead to better spinal alignment (that’s the theory, at least), it’s also known for being extra toasty. The average athlete’s higher-than-normal body temperature can lead to an uncomfortably hot and restless slumber, unfortunately. “Athletes have incredibly high metabolic rates, and, for this reason, often have high body temperatures,” explains sleep specialist and neurologist W. Christopher Winter. “This makes them particularly susceptible to sleep sweat.”
However, the graphite, gel-infused memory foam in Bear Mattresses, which is purported to conduct less heat than traditional memory foam, may be just the ticket. “Though it’s a bit of a marketing ploy, cooling gel-infused memory foam is indeed cooler to the touch than traditional memory foam,” says Dr. Winter. The Bottom Line: To maximize those zzz’s, be sure to use a mattress pad, blanket, and sheets made from a breathable material like cotton. Winter suggests picking up a DermaTherapy Sport Sheet set ($200–250). They’re made with moisture management technology to keep you cool and dry. 2. IRONMAN Price upon request The Technology: Backed by Celliant technology, this official mattress of Ironman can purportedly increase oxygen levels in the body,* speeding recovery time and improving sleep. Finished with a latex-infused cover, the mattress also keeps out dust mites and their fecal particles, which often collect inside traditional mattresses, diminishing sleep quality in allergy sufferers. Best for: Athletes with allergies. Hypoallergenic materials, like latex, are a must for mattresses and bedding, says elite sport sleep coach Nick Littlehales. The fewer allergens in your bedroom, the better you’ll sleep. The Bottom Line: This mattress may keep the bed bugs away, but it probably won’t increase your oxygen levels or recovery time. “I am not aware of any legitimately published studies showing this,” Winters says. “Call me stupid, but how can a mattress increase oxygen levels in the body?” *At the time of printing, the studies said to back these claims were missing from Celliant’s website.
A sound sleep strategy According to Littlehales, a fancy mattress isn’t necessary for improved sleep. Adopting what he calls a “sleep best practices routine,” however, is. Here are some no-cost ways to catch more restful zzz’s. HIT THE GYM. According to a National Sleep Foundation survey, regular, vigorous exercisers report getting the best sleep. Other findings reveal that moderate aerobic exercise can help people fall asleep more quickly. STAY CONSISTENT. We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but according to Kansas State University researchers, sleeping in — even just on the weekends — can reset your body’s internal clock to a different sleep cycle, making it more difficult to fall asleep. So as delightful as setting the alarms back an hour or three on Saturday morning might feel, your body may not agree. SIP YOUR COFFEE OUTSIDE. Light exposure helps maintain a healthy sleep-wake cycle, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Since most of us spend the majority of our time indoors, implementing an outdoor AM ritual ensures you get your daily dose of sun.
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CRAVING SOME DETOX? START 2016 OFF THE HEALTHY WAY WITH THESE DELICIOUS, ANTIOXIDANT-RICH SMOOTHIE RECIPES.
Come January, most of us feel a touch of post-holiday blues when we step on the scale, recalling all the candies, rich foods, and buzzy beverages consumed during the season’s glut. This time, rather than chiding yourself for eating too much or badly, resolve to start the new year with a singular focus on whole food nutrition and how important it is to your health. The antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables aid in counteracting oxidative stress (aka, free radicals, which can cause cell damage and disease) and help promote detoxification the natural way. And remember: don’t overstress about eating the “right” foods or avoiding the “bad” ones. We all want a magic bullet, but, truth be told, a diet comprised predominately of a diverse mix of fruits and vegetables beats any detox or fad diet. Smoothies are a simple, convenient way to amp up your nutritional intake and kick off a healthy new year.
Sweet Support Smoothie
GINGER: A known digestive aid; also helps soothe the gut. CHERRIES / BERRIES: Contain some of the highest levels of polyphenol, an antioxidant, which is involved in defending our body from UV radiation and pathogens. MANUKA HONEY: Promotes healing and fights infection. While most honey has antibiotic properties, what makes Manuka special is that it also has a high concentration of antibacterial properties. CILANTRO: With high levels of Vitamin K, cilantro helps your body build healthy bones and tissue. MINT: Includes a wide range of feel-good uses, from aiding with digestion issues (heartburn anyone?) to improved mental function to fighting the common cold.
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This smoothie, instead of a milk product, calls for brewed green tea. Green tea is purported to contain the most antioxidants of all foods, which helps to bring up good cholesterol levels and protect the liver. In addition, the high levels of catechins, an antioxidant in green tea, aid in weight loss, according to recent studies. That pair of benefits alone is the perfect countermeasure to overindulgence.
RECIPE: 16 oz green tea, brewed 2 slices fresh ginger (brew with tea only) 1 cup mix of cherries and berries 1 Tbsp Manuka honey ½ cup cilantro 1 sprig mint 3 ice cubes
The best part is, not only does this smoothie do your body good, it’s also easy on your taste buds – the flavor is very similar to a berry mojito, without the calories or alcohol!
Blend all ingredients in a blender. Want a little extra crunch? Crush ice cubes into smoothie and enjoy on the rocks.
Pro Tip: Be sure to brew with purified drinking water to avoid water additives like chlorine, which can alter the flavor profile.
Veggie Delight Smoothie
Did you know that there’s more calcium in our bodies than any other mineral? Improve calcium absorption
the natural way with cruciferous veggies like collards or turnip greens, both excellent sources of vitamin K. These nutritional powerhouses are also high in fiber and water content, which can help promote digestion and keep your digestive tract healthy too. PRUNES: An excellent source of potassium, an important electrolyte that helps the liver rid the body of toxins and the pancreas regulate blood sugar (we’re looking at you, naughty holiday beverages and treats). CANTALOUPE: Loaded with potassium; helps to cut the bitterness of the greens. BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES: Added sweetness. D’ANJOU PEAR: Adds a creamy, sweet base, not to mention 24% of the recommended daily fiber intake. MUSHROOMS: Although they might seem like a strange addition, ‘shrooms blend well, help your body absorb calcium, and contain vitamin D—essential during these winter months when we tend to spend more time hibernating indoors. RECIPE: ½ cup collard or turnip greens 1 cup cantaloupe ½ d’anjou pear ½ cup mushrooms (maitake is preferred, but morel, Chanterelle, or oyster would also work) ½ tbsp blackstrap molasses ½ cup prune juice ¾ cup purified water, chilled ¼ tsp nutmeg 4 tsp Stevia or to taste (optional) Blend all ingredients together in a blender. Enjoy!
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ook around your backyard on a nice day, and you just might spot your next protein-filled snack. We’ll give you a hint: they’re free, abundant, and just a little creepy crawly.
That’s right: bugs.
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If you find that hard to believe (and are maybe just a mite creeped out), rest assured that this nutrient-dense, eco-friendly protein source has been a part of 80% of the world’s diet all along. Crickets, mealworms, caterpillars, and grasshoppers have some of the highest protein content of all animal sources, while still containing a complete (all nine essential) amino acid profile. But what about the “ew” factor? Of course, no one is suggesting that you run outside and start plucking crickets from the yard and throwing them down the hatch raw, although if that’s your thing, we certainly won’t stop you. However, there are many options for consuming these little critters that are much more palatable than feeling them wiggle around in your throat.
So, why bugs? But let’s go back to that undeniable “yuck” factor: Although the majority of the world has been eating bugs for thousands of years, there’s something
about the idea of eating insects that makes Americans a bit queasy. Maybe it’s all those stomach-turning insect-eating challenges on reality or exotic travel shows that show the creepiest specimens possible. And, maybe it helps (or not) to know that we already consume a pretty significant amount of bug parts in our oh-so-yummy processed foods. Here’s just one example: wheat flour can contain 75 bug fragments per 50 grams (about ½ cup), tomato paste is allowed 30 fly eggs per 100 grams, and hops (beer) can have 2500 aphids per 10 grams. That adds up to about five bug parts per bite of pizza and beer. Just saying, bugs are already (unconsciously) part of our diet. So where does one procure these little bundles of buggy protein joy? Well, if you’ve got some time on your hands, or want a fun, kid-friendly project, you can build your own bug farm — just head down to your local pet store or farm supply store. Or, if watching your food crawl around before you consume it is too much for you, there are plenty of online sources for insect flours on Amazon, exoprotein.com if protein bars are more your taste, and cricketflours.com or Etsy for protein powders. Next time you’re searching for a protein-rich powder or flour, or a post-workout snack idea, be brave and get creepy crawly with your protein. Bug appétit!
VER SAT ILIT Y ? Ever heard of a chicken protein shake How about beef muffins for breakfast? Not so much. The beauty of bug proteins is the many ways in which they can be used. Bugs like crickets or grasshoppers can be dehydrated and ground into flour and spooned into protein shakes, substituted for other flours in baked goods, or purchased like the amazing EXO bars, which were featured at this year’s Paleo f(x)™ Conference. After dehydration, insects can also be roasted in olive oil and salt or or garlic and crunched on like a chip, sprinkled on a salad like croutons — no refrigeration necessary.
NUTRIENT DENSITY Nutrition 101 tells us that not all protein is created equal. For a protein to be considered complete, it needs to contain all nine “essential” amino acids. “Essential” means those the body does not make on its own; that is, diet derived. Crickets, for example, are a complete protein source, containing 16–21 grams of protein per 100 grams of meat, only 5 grams of fat (the good kind), and 121 calories; pretty comparable to beef at 26 grams of protein, 15 grams of fat, and 250 calories per 100 grams, or chicken at 26.5 grams of protein, almost 8 grams of fat, and 195 calories. Crickets and mealworms also boast 2.2 times the iron in spinach, are low sodium, contain 800 and 1100 mcg calcium, respectively, and 11mg of potassium. And though they might sound understandably unpalatable, they certainly aren’t hard on your gut — both are high in omega-3 fatty acids, an important anti-inflammatory. For something you can grab-and-go, that’s a lot of nutrition in a little package!
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alking into the Bamboozles Skating & Event Center for the Fort Myers Derby Girls’ Tuesday evening practice, I could immediately sense determination and grit emanating from its members. Simply stated, these girls were not playing or putting on a show —they were for real. It was both impressive and terrifying to a newbie who had never even heard of flat track derby.
The team’s manager, Lil Debbie Smackcakes, greeted me on crutches with a knowing grin. “You ok?” she asked me. I wasn't sure how to answer, but I gave it my best shot. “That depends; did you fall, or did one of THEM do that to you?” We shared a laugh, but I was half serious. For the next couple of hours, I watched in awe and listened closely to the play-by-play from Debbie as Peaches ‘n Carnage (Lea Elmer), Bubblevicious (Alisha Morgan), and TeKillYa Sunshyne (Stacie Pratt) blocked, jammed, sprinted, and called off. I was sitting comfortably on my behind for the entire practice, yet I felt completely exhausted just from watching all the muscle tensing as the girls came whizzing toward the penalty box. I was sure I was going to get killed. They have so much control over those four wheels; it’s amazing. A far cry from the banked bouts of the 1960s, today’s flat track derby is anything but a staged spectacle of canned drama and theatrics. It is much realer, grittier, and truly athletic. In fact, the FMDG ladies practice drills and hold scrimmages three times a week, along with regular gym time for cross-training and strengthening stabilizer muscles that are vital for holding balance while battling for position on roller skates. For the uninitiated, here’s a brief rundown of how modern flat track derby works, to give you a taste of just how intense each bout (even in a practice setting) can be.
The Bouts Each game of derby, called a “bout,” is played between two teams, each with five players in a lineup at one time on the track. Each lineup is made up of one pivot, three blockers, and a jammer. The pivot is recognizable by her striped helmet cover, the jammer wears a helmet cover with a star on each side, and the blockers have no helmet covers at all. Each bout is sixty minutes long, made of two 30-minute periods that are further broken down into two-minute jams. A “pack” is made up of pivots and blockers of both teams, and those players are supposed to stay within 10 feet of one another. At the start of the jam, the pack lines up along the straightaway of the track — pivots and blockers in the front, with jammers positioned directly behind the blockers. A referee or timekeeper will signal the start of the jam with a single whistle and the pack will start skating. A few seconds later, the jammers will start sprinting through the pack, if they can. They must break free of the pack and circle back around to start passing members of the opposing team. This is the jam.
It’s Their Jam Each jam is a two-minute race to see which jammer can score the most points. The jammer earns a point for every member of the opposing team she passes. That may sound easy, but the opposing team is doing all they can to get their own jammer through the pack while stopping the other team’s jammer in her tracks. Since derby is a full-contact sport, skaters use all legal means to get the job done, including hitting the opposing team with shoulders and hips, not to mention booty-bumps; pushing and pulling on members of their own team; and doing all kinds of awesome, breathtaking maneuvers to speed their jammer through the pack. The first jammer to move through the pack legally becomes the lead jammer and, as such, has the power to call off the jam early — a strategic advantage that allows her to score points before her opponent has the chance to.
GO FAST, TURN LEFT. —PEACHES ‘N CARNAGE
Through it all, the blockers are doing everything they can to “jam” the opposition’s jammer into an inescapable spot, which includes direct contact. Blockers can hit members of the opposing team with their shoulders, hips, and torsos, but it’s illegal to use forearms, hands, or heads, and the use of elbows is strictly regulated. One of the most amazing things about these women is that, while they are going fast and furious, doing all they can to block and jam, they have a solid respect for the rules and each other, and are not interested in actually injuring another player. After observing several minutes of scrimmage jams, I got to sit with a few of the women for their take on derby and what it means to them. I was surprised at the diversity of the group and their answers.
FN: That was intense! So, these names … how does one get a derby name? I noticed you call each other these names even off the track…
Peaches: After we graduate from Minnows, (the self-paced program a girl
must complete before they can safely skate in a bout with the “Sharks”), we are able to choose a name. We get pretty creative!
FN: If you could briefly sum up derby, what would you say? Peaches: Go fast. Turn left. Bubblevicious: Skate fast and block hard. FN: What made you decide this was your sport? Bubblevicious: I watched a documentary with my grandmother about
the derby as a child. I was an inline skater all my life but was fascinated by derby. I knew I wanted to do something like that, but I travelled a lot. I was out one Friday night downtown with friends, and the girls were handing out flyers for the Saturday morning open call, and I knew that was it. That was two years ago.
FN: What is your favorite part of being a derby girl?
TeKillYa Sunshyne: The sisterhood. When you spend most of your time
with a group of girls, go into battle with them, you form an unbreakable sisterhood. It’s a family. A bond not easily broken, both on and off the track. I know if something happened tomorrow, these ladies have my back, no questions asked. Honestly, they make me who I am. And that fierce camaraderie and loyal spirit is also what makes the members of FMDG amazing both as athletes and women; their ability to unite as a team, lean on each other, and take on the world together — no matter their background or walk of life. By day, they’ve got full-time, unassuming careers that range from lunch lady (Peaches) to tattoo shop owner (Bubblevicious) to medical office worker and mother of two (TeKillYa). In their off-hours, they moonlight as tough, unassailable chicks with intimidating personas and undeniable athleticism who tear up the track something fierce. In this empowering, incredibly unique sport, that’s just how they roll. And they wouldn’t have it any other way.
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leven years ago, American explorer and author Dan Buettner and National Geographic embarked on a journey to learn about areas around the world where people lived the longest. They were specifically interested in the sort of lifestyles these denizens led that allowed them to enjoy healthy, century-long lives. After identifying five of these remarkable locales across the globe, Buettner and National Geographic took teams of researchers to identify what contributed to the remarkable longevity of these people. Labeled "Blue Zones,” these locations, which include Ikaria, Greece; Loma Linda, California; and Okinawa, Japan, all shared similar lifestyle characteristics, known as the Power 9 Principles. These nine simple concepts reach beyond accepted diet and exercise theories and have transformed the ideas of health and longevity. They include lifestyle choices like having a sense of purpose in life, using the 80% rule to stop eating before their stomachs were full,
eating meat only five times per month or less, attending faith-based services several times a month, and putting family first. The study prompted an important question: Could implementing these specific principles improve health and longevity here in the United States? The team found the answer to be a resounding “yes.” In 2009, the Blue Zone initiative teamed up with AARP and the United Health Foundation to apply these Power 9 concepts to their pilot project in Albert Lea, Minnesota. The results were astounding: citizens added an average of 2.9 projected years to their lifespan, while healthcare claims for city workers dropped 49%, and through community walking groups, subjects logged over 75 million steps in just one year. From there, Blue Zone Project was implemented across other areas of the country. The mission?
Helping people live longer and healthier lives by implementing strategic lifestyle changes. This includes engaging institutions like schools, businesses, restaurants, and grocery stores to create programs that lead to improved collective heath and well being. The hope is that by working together on all aspects of health — not just the obvious ones — they can get the community to make better choices. Closer to home, the Lee County Department of Health sat down in 2012 to come up with a Community Health Improvement Plan. The obvious problems they faced were obesity, physical inactivity, poor nutrition and tobacco use, all of which were large risk factors in the onset of chronic diseases. They understood that these factors were purely lifestyle-based. If the public health system could address the underlying issues that contributed to these behaviors, they could encourage healthier lifestyles, which in turn would lead to a reduction in health risks. >>
According to the Florida Department of Public Health’s Community Health Improvement Plan, health and quality of life are affected by
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Since health is impacted by the conditions in which people live, work, and play, an effective plan to improve the health of Lee County requires action that goes beyond health care and involves diverse stakeholders within the community. This includes local government, schools, employers, health care providers, community coalitions, churches, social service organizations, environmental groups, and many more. Improving the health of a community is a shared responsibility, not only of health care providers and public health officials, but of the variety of others that contribute to the well-being of its residents and visitors.”
What the Lee County Health system had uncovered was an understanding of Blue Zone philosophy. This eventually evolved into the creation of a Blue Zone-style project right here in Southwest Florida called Healthy Lee.
Today, Healthy Lee is a functioning initiative that aims to share measurable methods that lead to overall health. This means creating ways to help make the healthy choice the easy choice by changing the way we move, shop and eat. Unlike other health and wellness initiatives, Healthy Lee addresses the collective foundation rather than the individual effort. In this fashion, the entire community is supported in a sustainable healthy lifestyle quest, from within the family unit to at school and work. The hope is that this movement will inspire the citizens to maintain healthy lifestyles through education and share those behaviors with the next generation. AT HOME Healthy Lee addresses health within the family unit, providing easy access locally and online to information on local events, fitness resources, at-home activities, and fun recipes. Other topics covered include stress reduction, resilience, faith, and fitness techniques, giving a rounder view of what healthy really means. AT WORK The Healthy Lee initiative also extends into the workplace, as an opportunity for employers to encourage the well being of their staff. Called “Workplace Wellness,” the program teaches businesses how to get their employees motivated to move and help improve performance by incorporating creativity, inspiration, and reward into the company culture.
AT SCHOOL Healthy Lee seeks to overcome childhood obesity through their 5210 program by outlining four simple ways to beat it: quality food, proper exercise, limited screen time, and reduced sugar. The plan also involves providing principals, teachers, nutritional workers, and of course, parents, with handy tools to teach children how to create a future foundation for lifelong health. IN THE COMMUNITY Finally, Healthy Lee strives to make a difference in the community through fun events. One such event, the "Million Mile Movement," was completed in December. Lee County residents were challenged with collectively moving a million miles together. Using the Healthy Lee website, participants could track all types of “steps,” including walking, running, swimming, and bicycling, to demonstrate the county’s commitment to achieving a healthier community.
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WANT TO KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON INSIDE YOUR BODY? YOUR FACE JUST MIGHT BE TELLING THE TALE.
Long before allopathic medicine, our ancestors were practicing healing arts — now better known as “alternative” medicine — such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda. With an extensive range of practices dating back 2,000 years, TCM incorporates natural herbs, acupuncture, massage, Qigong, and dietary therapy to affect the body’s energy.
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According to the theories behind TCM, our life force, called Qi, travels along meridians in the body, branching off into each organ like superhighways of information to determine how our bodies function. Blockages in these pathways can lead to illness by preventing Qi from getting to its destination, or altering messages — similar to the telephone game in grade school where the initial statement is nothing like the sentence at the end. Dating back more than 5,000 years, Ayurvedic medicine is based on the Vedic texts of northern India that stress wellness as the balance of body, mind, and spirit. This ancient art focuses on three types of energies, or doshas, believed to circulate through the body and govern physiological activity: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
When doshas are in balance, we experience health. When they’re out of balance, we experience maladies and illnesses. Diets based on doshas, exercise (yoga), herbs, meditation and other tools help to keep one in, or restore, balance. Despite the differences and particulars between TCM and Ayurveda, what’s clear throughout both traditions is that the body’s systems — lymphatic, circulatory, digestive, neurological — are linked, and that the physical body is constantly providing us feedback through how we look and feel. Today, that ancient knowledge is being used in more mainstream capacities with the practice of Face Mapping, in which the nuanced characteristics of our eyes and face are used to determine where our bodies are imbalanced. Whether done by an MD, traditional practitioner, or a specialized esthetician, Face Mapping can tell us what is happening inside the body by examining the part of the face where we experience breakouts, rashes, dry/oily patches, or redness, and offers holistic approaches to address these imbalances.
FOREHEAD TCM and Ayurveda link breakouts in this area to digestive issues — difficulty breaking down specific foods (gallbladder), toxic overload (liver), and stress (nervous system) — even sleep issues. Adding digestive enzymes like papaya and bromelain, getting seven to nine hours of shuteye nightly, and detoxifying the liver with dandelion tea or extra onions and garlic can help. Reducing dietary fats, processed foods, and stress (through yoga and meditation) can also help to balance the Vata dosha.
BETWEEN THE EYEBROWS Linked to the spleen and pancreas, this area will act up when you’re ingesting too much alcohol or fatty food. Per Ayurveda, lines on the right side can indicate repressed emotions such as anger (liver), and those on the left can indicate emotions bottled up in the spleen. Watching diet, reducing stress, and dealing with darker emotions is key.
EYES A yellow tinge to the eye indicates liver issues (jaundice). Small irises can reveal joint issues, while enhanced whiteness of the eye can indicate possible joint degeneration. A light ring around the iris is a telltale sign to reduce salt and sugar intake, while a spotty iris hints at poor intestinal absorption. A balanced diet is key.
BELOW THE EYES Swollen/puffy lower lids and dark circles indicate kidney issues and dehydration. Time to stoke the digestive fire (increase Pitta) by adding some spices to meals and chewing food 30 times per bite.
CHEEKS Discoloration or patchiness can be a symptom of low nutrient absorption (iron or folic acid), or of reduced metabolism. Linked to the lungs, indoor and outdoor pollution and allergies can lead to cheek breakouts. Cooling Pitta through whole fresh foods (raw and cooked) that are hearty, dry, and high in whole-grain carbohydrates will reduce internal heat, prevent inflammation, and absorb excess oil. Don’t forget the basics of hygiene; holding a cell phone to the face, especially if not regularly cleaned, can contribute to breakouts.
NOSE Broken capillaries and/or redness in the nose are linked to high blood pressure. To offset this area’s fiery Pitta energy, boost essential fatty acids (flax, olive oil, and avocado). Avoid spicy foods, alcohol, and coffee, which tend to feed the flames.
TONGUE The tongue tells many tales, so be sure to look at it each morning! Outer edges looking uneven or ridged? That could be a sign you’re not absorbing key nutrients. Reduce processed foods and make sure to not overdo vitamins. Circular white deposits on the back of the tongue point to colon or intestinal toxic load. Try a gentle dietary cleanse focusing on whole foods. Abrasions or frothiness along the tongue’s edge relate to the lungs, so be sure to engage in regular meditation and aerobic exercise.
Remember, oils and germs are transferred from our hands each time we touch our faces, so being mindful of how clean you’re keeping your mitts can go a long way toward reducing breakouts. And while keeping our skin clean externally can clearly have an impact on its texture and appearance, using non-toxic products and feeding our bodies, minds, and spirits with nourishing food (including positive thoughts) are the best ways to face the world each day.
CHIN Hormonal changes related to the menstrual cycle often manifest on the chin. Incorporate natural hormone-balancing foods into your diet, including coconut oil, broccoli, almonds, avocados, eggs, and salmon. Reduce caffeine intake and make sure you’re getting 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep. Dominated by the Kapha dosha, stress reduction through meditation and yoga/ exercise are keys to reducing these breakouts.
Related to intestinal functioning, brown spots along the lower lip may be an indication of poor enzyme function, indigestion, parasitic infection, or even intestinal worms. Pale lips can be an indicator of anemia, so increase iron-rich foods, including leafy greens, red meat, beans, dried apricots, and raisins. Blue-tinged lips are most often a sign of reduced oxygen levels and frequently related to heart conditions, especially if experiencing shortness of breath Kidney issues may lead to discolorations on the edges of your lips, while intestinal issues can manifest as discoloration of the lower lip. Please see a medical professional for these concerns.
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The benefits of swimming are endless. A complete body workout, it works your body as well as your mind you’ll get great aerobic and cardio conditioning with the added mental challenge of holding your breath underwater for sustained periods of time. Ready to dive in? First, practice the two drills below to help improve your stroke. The catch-up drill helps you really feel the water and get the most out of your pull, and the side-kick drill will fully extend your body while waking up the legs. After that, be sure to figure out your aerobic fitness level and build from there. Once that’s calculated, implement this training plan to build up your strength and speed for a sprint triathlon distance of 400 yards.
Swim with both of your arms fully extended while keeping a steady kick, then complete one stroke at a time. Make sure your hands touch at the top of your body between each stroke.
Kick on your side with your bottom arm fully extended and the other arm down by your side. Kick 8–10 times, then rotate sides.
To establish your aerobic base, do 3 x 100s every five minutes, and swim each of those 100 yards as fast as you can (be sure to record your time). Repeat three times. Then, calculate your average time from those three; this will be your aerobic base. What really challenges swimmers and will push you to the next level is the amount of rest or lack of rest between each set. The best swim programs put quality of yardage first, not quantity, so you will race best if you practice race speed. This workout does not have a huge jump in yardage, but rather a focus in intensity of pace. Translation: when it hurts, keep swimming — that’s how you improve NOTE: Be sure to start every workout with a 300-yard warm up, and end with a 200-yard cool down.
5-WEEK TRAINING PLAN
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WEEK 1: FINDING YOUR BASE
DAY 1: 800-YARD TOTAL Warm up – 300 yards, catch-up drill on even lengths. Workout – Get your aerobic base time (3 x 100 every 5 minutes). Cool down – 200-yard easy pace swim. DAY 2: 800-YARD TOTAL Warm up – 300 yards, side-kick drill on odd lengths. Workout – 6 x 50s every 1:45 (total of six sets) This is where your aerobic base comes into play. Your aerobic base was established by finding your average time over three 100-yard sprints, so take half of your aerobic base time and use that for the 50s. For example, if your aerobic base was 2 minutes, it will take 1 minute to swim a 50. So these 50s will be on 1:45, giving you 45 seconds of rest. Cool down – 2 x 100 of easy swimming on your own time.
DAY 3 Yoga – Because swimming is a full-body workout, it is important to also get in a full-body stretch! DAY 4: 800-YARD TOTAL Warm up – 300 yards, 100 drill Workout – 3 x 100 on your aerobic base time. Keep each 100 consistent. Cool down – 100 yards of kick, 100 yards easy swimming on your own time.
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DAY 5 Cross Training – Biking DAY 6: 800-YARD TOTAL Warm up – 300 yards Workout – 1 x 100 then 8 x 25s on aerobic base Cool down – 100 drill, 100 swim DAY 7 Off day – Try paddle boarding or kayaking; both are low-intensity workouts that will work your arms and shoulders and keep you in the water. Remember: active rest is very important for swimmers.
WEEK 2: BUILDING YOUR STROKE
Now that you have a base, focus on drills this week to help improve your stroke. Bring your total yardage for each workout up to 850 yards. Still stick to the same warm-ups and cool downs but (for example) instead of doing 6 x 50s every 1:45, swim 7 x 50s every 1:40.
WEEK 3: STRENGTHENING YOUR KICK
Add another 50 to each workout for a total of 900 yards per workout, with a focus on your kick. On Day 4, complete the workout using your kickboard, just kick 4x100s. For Day 5, cross-train with a focus on lower body: squats, lunges, and/or jogging.
WEEK 4: STRENGTHENING YOUR ARMS
When doing your Day 2 workout of 9x50s, alternate a 50-yard swim and 50 seconds of pushups. For cross training, hit the weights with a focus on your arms and shoulders.
WEEK 5: PREPPING FOR RACE DAY
Return to the Week 1 workouts; you don’t want to overdo it. Most importantly, get excited for your race — you’re ready! Ann Murphy is a Southwest Florida native and collegiate swimmer at John Carroll University.
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RIDES +RACES January 1 DAVE CRANOR 5K
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FACIAL HAIR FOR CANCER CAUSES 5K active.com Come join 4 Words Foundation and 21st Century C.A.R.E. at the Facial Hair for Cancer Causes 5K Run/Walk in support of Men’s Cancer Awareness. Help us reach our goal of $5,000. 100% of net proceeds raised will remain in Southwest Florida to support cancer awareness, education and patient financial assistance.
RUN 4 THE CAUSE run4thecause.com Run to stop child sex trafficing. Participants in Run 4 The Cause will recieve a drawstring bag that includes a quality performance race t-shirt, bib w/timing tag, event map, and LW Café FREE drink card.
9/10 HITS TRIATHLON SERIES
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10 RIVER, ROOTS & RUTS TRAIL RUN
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SPRINT FOR MUSIC active.com Run or walk 3.1 miles through beautiful Lakes Regional Park and enjoy the sounds of the Cypress Lake High School Band. The band will be permorning at various sections of the race loop to make for an upbeat and entertaining run or walk. Post race entertainment will also be provided by the band.
24 10TH ANNUAL TD BANK NAPLES BIKE BRUNCH & FAMILY FESTIVAL naplespathways.org/events Community festivities begin and end in beautiful, beachside Lowdermilk Park. Rides: 62, 31, 20, 10 miles. There will be fitness-fueling refreshments, goodie bags, music, prizes, a silent auction with something for everyone, fun vendor expo, and a delicious brunch.
30 RUN FOR THE PAWS 5K WALK / RUN active.com Entry fee is $25. Unique Scenic Route around Naples Municipal Airport to benefit the Humane Society Naples Shirts are only guaranteed to the first 1000 registered.
30 KIWANIS CALUSA 5K BUG CHASE
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FIT NATION SUNSET YOGA fitnationmag.com/sunset-yoga Relax, refresh and rejuvenate at sunset yoga on Vanderbilt Beach every 3rd Thursday of the month from January - April. Sunset yoga is a free event open to all levels of yogis from first timers to experts. The class starts 45 minutes prior to sunset and is taught by a different local yoga studio each month. Sunset yoga also asks for donations to benefit a different local charity each month.
February 6 5th Annual Strides for Education 5k
stayclassy.org/leecounty The 5K course includes a shaded tour of Florida SouthWestern State College’s beautiful campus. Serious runners will appreciate the race bibs with chips ensuring an accurate race time. This race will be put on by the Fort Myers Track Club.
7 PUBLIX RUN TO THE ARTS 5K
active.com 5 k. Run or walk, race for fun. At the one and only ArtFest Fort Myers. Post-race festivities include a scrumptious breakfast, a chance to make art at the Group Art Experience, race awards, live entertainment, fabulous door prizes, and much more.
13 ROTARY’S RUN FOR THE ROSE
GARDEN 5K active.com Run in the Cape Coral Rotary Club’s annual 5k race beginning at Rotary Park and winding through the lovely Rose Garden area of South Cape Coral. This event is open to all. T-Shirts are included with your registration. Medals will be awarded in differnt age, gender, and overall groups. Refreshments and a water station will be provided.
13 GULF COAST RUNNERS GOLD MEDAL 5K runsignup.com Come participate in this fun race to help benefit the Gulf Coast Runners Youth Development Fund and to recognize members of the Gulf Coast Runners Gold Medal Club!! The race is in beautiful Pelican Bay.
14 PARADISE COAST MARATHON, HALF
MARATHON, VIRTUAL RUN, & 5K active.com The race course will take you past some of the most beautiful natural scenery, luxurious homes, and friendly fans cheering you on along the way. Naples, Florida is home to some of the most beautiful beaches, fine dining, high end fashion shops and is a prime destination for a marathon and half.
14 EDISON JUNIOR RUN
edisonfestival.org/events The Junior Fun Run is open to children in grades five and below. Grades 4 & 5 run a mile, 3rd graders run three-quarters of a mile, first and second graders run half a mile, kindergarten students run one-quarter mile, and students under 5 years old run 50-75 yards.
20 EDISON FESTIVAL OF LIGHT 5K
edisonfestival.org/events Well over 1,400 participants and thousands of spectators take over the streets of the Downtown River District. Register your team for this 3.1 mile race for fun and a chance to win cash prizes. This professional event is coordinated from start to finish by the Fort Myers Track Club and includes chip timing and an after-event awards program.
20 SWAP STOMP 5K
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