hw1On Saturday, February 6, Mayor Nick Batos read a proclamation declaring the day as “The Brooks Communities Heart Walk Day.”

He thanked the participants in the 2016 Brooks/Bonita Bay Heart Walk for helping to raise money and awareness for the prevention of heart disease, and stated, “By increasing awareness of the importance of physical activities to reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease, we can save thousands of lives each year.”

His remarks included, “This year’s event brings together the residents of The Brooks and Bonita Bay, and that is a good thing.  Just like the two communities are working together today for a common cause, I am confident the two cities will work together in years to come to make south Lee County even better than it is today.”

hw2Participants gathered at The Brooks’ Commons Club at 8:30 a.m. to take part in a wellness festival to raise funds for the American Heart & Stroke Association.  The festival included a 2 ½ mile walk, a pickle ball competition and a health lecture by Dr. O’Leary.

Heart disease and stroke are the nation’s number 1 and number 4 killers of Americans each year.  The American Heart & Stroke Association’s mission is to help Americans live heart healthy and prevent heart disease and stroke.