Safety Council

Engage Estero Safety Council is made of volunteers serving as a voice for the citizens of greater Estero on safety and transportation priorities and issues. We advocate for related solutions to Village, County, and State Government organizations.

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Traffic on Corkscrew Road – Traveling East Corkscrew Road. Is it Safer?

Traffic on Corkscrew Road – Traveling East Corkscrew Road. Is it Safer?

East Corkscrew Road had improvements in 2014/2015 to help with traffic, but it was not enough. Lee County Department of Transportation (LDOT) collaborated with the developer as the Wild Blue Estero, FL development was planned and approved. LDOT required the Wild Blue east entrance to line up with Bella Terra Blvd.

In 2018, with road impact fees, LDOT installed a traffic signal at Bella Terra Blvd and Corkscrew Road. In April 2021, East Corkscrew Road widening, Phase I (Ben Hill Griffin to the east border of Bella Terra) started. As the Rivercreek development was planned and approved, working with LDOT, their entrance was aligned with the west entrance of Wild Blue. In 2023, the Rivercreek developer, GL Homes, worked with LDOT to fund a traffic signal. There is still hope the Wild Blue community will pay their fair share, as the warrants are not there for LDOT to fund a traffic signal.

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The State of Development: GECR Quarter 3, 2023

The State of Development: GECR Quarter 3, 2023

September 2023 Greater Estero Community Report Our 3rd GECR provides an essential update on the various building developments that will likely be scheduled in greater Estero over the next few years, together with an update on what changes we can expect regarding our...

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Environment Council

Engage Estero Environment Council is a volunteer group focusing on improving water and air quality and mitigating and eliminating the effects of climate warming in greater Estero.

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Health Council

Engage Estero Community Health Council comprises health* and safety-minded volunteers who think about community health comprehensively with a common desire to improve the overall health of the citizens of greater Estero.

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Your Healthcare Actions for 2024

Your Healthcare Actions for 2024

Health: Your Healthcare Actions for 2024                  In the early part of the New Year, taking stock of your health and the actions you should consider to help minimize your reliance on physicians and other healthcare...

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What helps to enhance Longevity?

What helps to enhance Longevity?

What helps to enhance Longevity?During the recent Engage Estero Community Meeting on January 25th at the Estero Recreational Center, Jodi Walborn, Blue Zones, and Policy Lead discussed the thought-provoking but realistic insight into what we can do to increase our...

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Education Council

Engage Estero mobilizes volunteers in our schools, sponsors scholarships, and promotes the involvement of the community through announcements and public forums.

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Updates on Issues of Impact

Engage Estero believes the best way to get a community involved is to make sure they are aware of the issues impacting their future, and know how to impact those decisions before they are made. We conduct and publish original research and articles aimed at getting residents Engaged.

Health:

How to Extend Your Life Expectancy by 7 Years!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are fortunate to live in Southwest Florida and Estero in particular. Given the endless sunny days we experience, many year-round outdoor activities exist.

But are you making the most of the activities available?

Did you know that as little as 10 minutes of exercise daily provides significant health benefits? A study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ)1 indicated that people who do about 11 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise daily were less likely to die than those who only got about two minutes a day.

The guideline for Americans is around 10-20 minutes per day of vigorous exercise or 20-40 minutes per day of moderate exercises, such as taking a brisk walk, playing doubles tennis, or raking the yard.

However, even as little as 75 minutes a week of physical activity can extend your life by nearly two years, according to U.S. researchers who found some benefits regardless of body weight2.

It is surprising but true that 20 minutes per day of moderate exercise can prolong your life span by up to 7 years, even if you begin after 50 years of age3!! The Allina Health article below states, “150 minutes of exercise or more each week increased life expectancy by about seven years over those who didn’t do regular moderate exercise.”

As Zachery Mack also reported in Best Life4, “While moderate and vigorous exercise may bring plenty of benefits, other recent research has shown that even low-intensity workouts can be life-lengthening in their way.

For example, one new 2022 study published in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine, which examined the benefits of moderate increases in exercise levels, found that adding as little as 10 minutes of walking to your routine may translate into a lower risk of premature death.” This benefit was also seen regardless of weight, age, sex, and health conditions.”

Benefits of Exercise

  • Improved blood pressure control
  • Improved cholesterol control
  • Decreased heart disease.
  • Reduced risk of stroke.
  • Decreased risk of diabetes.
  • Boost mood
  • Improve sleep
  • Improve cognitive function and reduce memory loss
  • Improved immune system
  • Improved digestive function.

So, if you want those extra years of longevity and an improved health outlook, you know what you can do!  

The ECCL extends best wishes to all greater Estero residents for Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year -enjoy your outdoor exercise!

(Prepared by Dr. Robert P. Belin, M.D. ECCL Health Council and Chairman, Breckenridge Health, and Wellness)

References

References

1 Study: Just 11 minutes of exercise daily is enough to help you live longer. Cory Stieg, Health and Wellness, Published Sun, December 6, 2020. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/06/how-exercise-helps-longevity-and-aging.html

2 Exercising 10 minutes a day can boost life expectancy, CBC News November 7, 2012. https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/exercising-10-minutes-a-day-can-boost-life-expectancy-1.1272635

3 Exercise is key to living longer. Pallavi Bains January 9, 2020. Healthy Set Go. https://www.allinahealth.org/healthysetgo/move/exercise-is-key-to-living-longer

 

4 Doing This for 20 Minutes a Day Adds Years to Your Life, New Study Says, Zachary Mack

February 5, 2022, Best Life. https://bestlifeonline.com/news-vigorous-exercise-life/