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Wellness Retreat Offers Healthy Lifestyle Options

Lee Health’s Wellness Retreat will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., May 15, 7 a.m. to 8:15 p.m., May 16, and 7 a.m. to noon, May 17, at the Pink Shell Resort, on Fort Myers Beach. This inaugural three-day event will inspire, support and guide participants to explore a healthier lifestyle through nutrition, exercise, self-care and integrated therapies.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn health and wellness options that can help them achieve a healthier life balance and better handle the challenges of work demands, family obligations, elder care duties and other stresses of daily living that can lead to chronic stress and illness. Along with several wellness seminars and a keynote address by Dr. Salvatore Lacagnina, Lee Health System medical director of wellness and employee health, the event features meditation, Latin line dancing, nature kayak tours, paddle boarding, tai chi and yoga.

Participants can explore alternative medicine options such as integrative medicine, which incorporates acupuncture, massage, nutrition, reiki, amethyst mat treatments and comprehensive personal evaluations that focus on the entire being. In addition, several Lee Health physicians will discuss how a well-rounded integrated approach to sleep, nutrition, stress management and brain health may reduce the incidence of chronic diseases.

A holistic approach will be used to provide information and techniques that will empower participants to make small, but powerful changes that can transform their lives through healthier lifestyle and nutrition choices. This view encompasses the whole person—physical, mental, spiritual, behavioral and social—not just symptoms and disease. The retreat will end with a goal-setting session to further inspire attendees to lead a more balanced life.

Cost: $425. Location: 275 Estero Blvd. For more information or to register, call Dena or Cheryl at 239-495-4475 or visit

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