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World Heart Day 2015

By Diane Holm

September 16, 2015

Lee County— Registration is now open for the Florida Department of Health’s World Heart Day events being held in Lee County. World Heart Day will become an annual event in Florida to focus attention on the fact that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading causes of death.

In recognition of World Heart Day, the Florida Department of Health in Lee County will be celebrating by partnering with the City of Fort Myers and Healthy Harvest Community Farms Annual 5K Walk/Run on September 26. The department is also hosting a Hands-Only™ CPR training in partnership with Lee County EMS, Lee Memorial Health Systems and North Fort Myers Fire Department from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. September 29.

In order to make these events a success, we encourage all Floridians to not only register, but also invite loved ones to participate. Help the department make Florida a safer, heathier, more heart-healthy environment.

World Heart Day is celebrated in collaboration with Healthiest Weight Florida and Tobacco Free Florida. When posting on social media, please use the hashtag #FLHearts.

What: Register for World Heart Day events online When: 7:30 a.m. registration Sept. 26, 2015 Walk/Run 5K 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 29, 2015 Hands Only™ CPR Training Where: Register online here

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