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December is Safe Toys and Celebrations Month


Roughly one in 10 children’s eye injuries that result in a trip to the ER are caused
by toys. In support of Safe Toys and Celebrations Month, the American Academy of
Ophthalmology (AAO) advises parents to be cautious when choosing gifts for children
and recommends avoiding those that launch projectiles, such as crossbows and BB
guns. The AAO also offers tips on how to safely open champagne to keep New Year’s
celebrations from turning tragic.

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This year’s theme for World AIDS Day is “World AIDS Day 35: Remember and Commit.”
This annual event serves as a reminder of the global struggle to end HIV-related stigma,
an opportunity to honor those we have lost, and a rallying cry to commit to working
toward a day when HIV is no longer a public health threat.

The first World AIDS Day took place in 1988, providing a platform to raise awareness
about HIV and AIDS and honor the lives affected by the epidemic. This year marks the
35th commemoration of this important day. Over the past 35 years, there has been
significant progress in addressing HIV and AIDS thanks to advancements in medical
research, increased access to treatment and prevention, and a broader understanding
of the virus.


Food, entertainment, dynamic speakers, visual artist displays, talented performances,
and bar by donation. Meet and support all the service organizations working tirelessly
to eradicate HIV, then commit to join the fight.   Learn More    

Community Partner Happenings

Festival of Trees Health and Wellness Come view the
beautiful and unique Christmas Trees and get tickets
to enter a drawing to win one these works of art! 
Through December 3

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Breakfast with Santa Health and Wellness  
Free Health Screenings and Flu Shots. Meet Firefighters
& Police Officers.  Visits with Santa and Free Breakfast! 
Free Toy for Each Child (limited), Free Face Painting
December 9, from 9:00 a.m. – noon Read More

Lutheran Services of Florida Health and Wellness
Donate toys, games, and more for the kids!  
Drop off through December 6

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Heart Walk Health and Wellness 
Heart disease and stroke impact people in very personal,
life-changing ways. This year, we want to connect with
and share the reasons why we need to eliminate heart
disease and stroke. December 9, at 8:00 a.m.

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Coffee and Connections Behavioral Health 
Join us for our monthly networking event to help
professionals connect, collaborate and find new
ways to better serve our community. Free to attend,
all are welcome! December 7, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

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Toy Drive Health and Wellness Let’s get in the
spirit and help out!  Premier Mobile is hosting
its 5th Annual Breakfast with Santa on
December 9th and is requesting donations of
unwrapped toys and bicycles for local children. 

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Healthy Life Center Classes  
View and RSVP for Classes    

Important Information

Dr. Michael Gregor is coming to Ft. Myers to share
the secrets for slowing down aging and avoiding
chronic diseases!  

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Traveling, visiting family and friends, and mental
and financial strain add further complexity to an
already taxing time of the year.  Don’t slip!  

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Open enrollment for health care insurance runs
through January 15th.  You may qualify for a
reduced or no-cost plan.  

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Highlights from Healthy Lee
Parents Thomas and Amanda Evans, Olivia, and Baby Luke enjoy the sports and
educational activities!    

Family Fun Sports Expo!  
Health and Wellness

On November 11th, the Healthy Lee Coalition pulled out all the stops to create a free
physical activity for the children of the SWFL region.  At the Skatium, several sports,
such as basketball, soccer, martial arts, skating, and a bounce house, were on hand to
allow kids to try a variety. 

Over 200 people participated, with 24 getting a free ECG screening and 35 getting blood
pressure screenings.  They also enjoyed many educational vendors, and a healthy smoothie
was served to demonstrate that healthy food tastes delicious!  


The Healthy Lee movement was created to empower and inspire visitors and the people
of SWFL to live a life of optimal health and well-being by making healthy lifestyle choices
through education and action. This newsletter gives you access to our valuable resources
and news. Please feel free to submit your organization’s events to
under the Events tab. If you require assistance, please email [email protected]

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