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August 24, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Lee Health offering diabetes prevention program

Have you been told that you have prediabetes? Would you like to learn about a variety of tools that have been proven to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 Diabetes?

Lee Health has announced a free program designed to help people make modest lifestyle changes and cut the risk of Type 2 Diabetes by more than half. This year-long program with weekly meetings for the first six months, then once or twice a month for the second six months, is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Learn about the benefits of physical activity; manage symptoms of stress, make smarter decisions related to healthy eating, and tips to stay motivated. Participants will receive a participant guide to use as an ongoing reference tool once the classes are completed.

The next program will be held on Wednesdays, beginning on Sept. 12, from 4-5 p.m., at 12550 New Brittany Blvd., Suite 200, Fort Myers.

Seating is limited and registration is required. Please call 239-424-3127 for more information.

Fifth Annual Chiropractic Awareness Day Sept. 29 at Lakes Park

The Fifth Annual Chiropractic Awareness Day to celebrate families and children under chiropractic care, and build awareness to the community about its effectiveness as a growing primary healthcare option will be held at Lakes Regional Park in Fort Myers Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon, in Shelter D-1 area. The free event offers a location close to Lakes Park splash pads & playground, a bounce house, face painters, photo booth, stilt walking balloon twister, music, grass games, food and information about chiropractic care.

This awareness event is free and open to all families in Lee County. Local businesses contribute raffle prizes which have become a favorite to the attendees. This event encourages those under chiropractic care to come out and support the profession and bring friends and family, as this is a non-solicitation event.

For additional information contact Gindele Family Chiropractic at 239-936-5545 visit or visit Chiroawareness2018 on Facebook.

Shaffer named to Hope Healthcare board

Hope Healthcare's board of directors has announced Lori Shaffer, senior vice president at Chico's FAS, as a new board member.

Shaffer joined the company in 1998 and has held numerous leadership roles of increasing responsibility, including director of merchandising and vice president controller. In 2008, she assumed responsibility for the Chico's FAS outlet business and has been instrumental in driving growth of that division.

Shaffer, a Fort Myers resident who also serves on Chico's corporate giving board, joins current Hope Healthcare board members, including Noreen DiPla-cido, a Florida licensed health care risk manager with nearly 25 years of experience in the medical field; Joe Gammons, principal at Office Furniture & Design Concepts; Tom Giles, founder, president and CEO of Avalon Engineering; Rev. Dr. Tim Halverson, pastor and head of staff at Faith Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral; Larry Hart, tax collector for the state of Florida; West McCann, president, The Naples Trust Company; Sandy Stilwell, owner and CEO of Stilwell Enterprises and Restaurant Group; and Trudi K. Williams, CEO of TKW Consulting.

The board's officers include Chairman Bo Turbeville, vice president of Accent Business Products; Vice-Chair Jerry Nichols, a specialist for Employee Benefits Planning with Brown & Brown Benefits and a Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative; Treasurer Charles Idelson, principal founder of Investors' Security Trust Company; and past Chair Sandy Robinson, former president of Northern Trust's Fort Myers office. The not-for-profit is led by Beckwith, its president and CEO.

Board members serve three-year terms and contribute their expertise, time, talent and resources to advancing Hope's mission of providing exceptional care and support to every individual and their loved ones as they fulfill life's journey. For more information, call 239-482-4673 or visit

Southwest Florida Free Pain Clinic receives national grant award

The Southwest Florida Free Pain Clinic has been selected as one of six recipients nationwide to receive a grant from the NORCAL Group Foundation, a foundation dedicated to improving health care in local communities.

The Southwest Florida Free Pain Clinic currently offers a unique treatment model for low-income, uninsured pain patients utilizing medical and chiropractic care, massage and physical therapy, modalities, and health and exercise counseling to treat patients at the source of their pain without the use of drugs. NORCAL Group Foundation funding will assist in the expansion of services for patients in need.

Goals for the clinic expansion are as follows: combat the epidemic of prescription pain medication abuse by treating pain at the source and negating the need for pain medications; decrease utilization by pain patients of emergency departments and hospital inpatient services, with the resulting financial savings to the health care system; evaluate the impact a free pain clinic has on the local health care system, by working directly with hospitals to diagnose and treat incoming pain patients through a holistic approach; evaluate the decrease in prescription drug use by patients treated using a Functional Medicine model; and create a template that can be utilized by other health care systems to successfully diagnose and treat uninsured pain patients at the source

Southwest Florida Free Pain Clinic is one of six organizations nationwide that were awarded funding for initiatives and programs focused on patient care, patient safety and physician wellness. The award is for $10,000.

Southwest Florida Free Pain Clinic is a ministry of Christian Medical Ministries, a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2010 to provide high quality holistic medical care at no charge to those without the ability to pay, with attention to the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of health and healing.

For more information, visit or call 239-308-7107.

Not All Cancer is PINK event Sept. 6

Tickets are now on sale for the Not All Cancer is PINK-Fighting Cancer Below the Belt breakfast presented by 4 Words Foundation Inc. as part of their mission to raise awareness about all cancers.

Registration is now open, and seats must be reserved by Aug. 29. To register on line visit:

The breakfast takes place Thursday, Sept. 6, from 8-11 a.m., in the Magnolia Room at Pelican Preserve, 10561 Veneto Drive, Fort Myers. Tickets are $20 per person or $160 for a reserved table for 10.

4 Words Foundation Inc. is a locally based Florida 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to support cancer awareness, education and patient financial assistance in Southwest Florida.

For additional information about the foundation, visit



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