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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Road Safety in Greater Estero

Road Safety in Greater Estero

Road Safety in Greater Estero By Contributing Author, Mark Novitski, and Engage Estero Consultant.  Everyone has their definition of what determines road safety or, conversely, what makes our roads unsafe. In writing extensively about Corkscrew Road, I have...

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Sign-Up for Property Fraud Alerts

Sign-Up for Property Fraud Alerts

Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comprtroller Kevin Karnes is now offering an alert notification system for Lee County property owners to reduce fraud. When you sign-up, if a deed, mortgage, or other non-Court official record is recorded in your name, you will be...

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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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Let’s Make Estero A HeartSafe Community!

Let’s Make Estero A HeartSafe Community!

The facts Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming more than 300,000 lives annually. Approximately 95 percent of SCA victims die before they reach a hospital or receive medical attention. How Can We Help Reduce This...

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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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Estero High Cambridge Students Recognized

Estero High Cambridge Students Recognized

By Mike Wasson, Director, Engage Estero The Village of Estero Council issued a Proclamation its Meeting on Wednesday, March 6th honoring 39 Estero High School Students who were presented the Cambridge Outstanding Learners Awards. In his remarks, Jon McLain, Village of...

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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:

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 providers is important. We pay our taxes on time – (at least most of us do!), but many delays, put off, or worse yet, forget about the health issues they must address! 

(Written by Robert P. Belin, M.D. Engage Ester’s Estero’s Health Council Member and Breckenridge Chairman, Health and Welfare)

Taking charge of your well-being this year would be best by making a list and scheduling the appropriate appointments. Your health should be a priority!  The following checklist will hopefully help you think about what you should be addressing to enhance your wellness when it is becoming more and more difficult to see a family practitioner, or worse, a specialist, at short notice.

Set up or confirm your yearly physical exam with your primary health provider – including,

  • A complete physical, blood pressure, weight, basic blood test, CMP (comprehensive metabolic panel – liver, renal, thyroid, urine), etc.
  • Everyone needs, at least yearly, a professional breast exam; yes, you men too! Male breast cancer can be vicious!
  • Dentist
  • Dermatologist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Urologist (men in particular)
    • Men also need a professional rectal exam by a (PCP, Urologist, GYN, or Colorectal specialist, etc.)
    • Women also need a rectal examination by (PCP, Urologist, GYN, or Colorectal specialist.)
  • Gynecologists (for the women)
  • Cardiologist – needs dependent
  • Colonoscopy – depending on the date of your last one

Home check for “trip wires” – throw rugs, absent night light, adequate grab bars, anti-slip surfaces (especially tub and shower)

Set up Vaccinations – FLU, RSV, COVID-19, tetanus, and Shingles, where appropriate.

Ensure you remain active, e.g., exercising, walking, gardening, playing games, etc.

Eat well, reducing your red meat and fatty foods intake. Aim for a balanced diet featuring fruit, vegetables, and nuts while reducing processed foods and certain dairy items such as cheese.

Keep your weight under control.

This list is not meant to be exhaustive but a starting point for you to have an active, healthy life, enabling you to minimize the intervention of your healthcare provider/advisor.

Unfortunately, the situation will only likely worsen if you think access to doctors and nurses is difficult.  By 2034, demand for physicians in the USA will exceed supply by a range of between 37,800 and 124,000 full-time, equivalent physicians (reported by the American Medical Association).

In addition, the US needs to increase the number of registered nurses by nearly 50,000 each year to meet the demand. Locally, the Florida Hospital Association projects a shortfall of 17,924 Sunshine State physicians by 2035: 5,974 in primary care and 12,000 specialists. While the Florida Hospital Association also predicts Florida will face a shortage of 59,100 nurses by 2035.

So, it has become even more important to look after your health and wellness to reduce the need for emergency care; it’s so important to be your own advocate. 

Don’t forget to bring your list of questions when you have medical appointments. If possible, take another person with you. Make sure you take notes during the appointment and have tests/studies performed before your visit so results can be discussed during the appointment.

Have a happy and healthy 2024.

Health Resources

Engage Estero is an all-volunteer, nonpolitical, nonprofit Community Engagement Association. We exist to inform citizens of significant community issues and encourage citizen engagement to impact the quality of life in greater Estero favorably.

“Be Informed, Get Engaged, and Make an Impact!”