Lee County's community health care effort, "Healthy Lee," recently began seeking input from local residents to ensure it is doing all it can to improve overall health for the next decade.
In 2007, Lee Health, formerly known as Lee Memorial Health system, recruited 38 community leaders who held regularly meetings to determine the health needs of the community and how to address them. Over the next 10 years, the county experienced several improvements, such as an 11 percent drop in childhood obesity and a 29 percent decline in deaths related to heart disease and stroke.
The effort is now asking residents to contribute their ideas to continue those kinds of improvement for years to come. Everyone interested can bring their smartphones to either meeting scheduled for Monday at the Cape Coral High School Auditorium, 2300 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, and Tuesday at the Lehigh Senior High School Auditorium, 901 Gunnery Rd. N., Lehigh Acres.
Greg Adkins, superintendent of the Lee County School District, will host the meetings, which are scheduled to run from 6 to 7:30 p.m.