Lee Health, the largest healthcare system in Southwest Florida, has joined forces with Home Base in a move that will help enhance the lives of Veterans in the area and increase medical oversight for its signature 6-month Warrior Health and Fitness Program. Victoria Yorke, MD of the Lee Physician Group will oversee the Warrior Health and Fitness Program and conduct individualized medical evaluations for each participant before and during the program.
Armando Hernandez, Program Director of Home Base Southwest Florida, said the new joint effort increases the care that can be provided to Veterans enrolled in the 6-month program. “As our program continues to evolve, integrated approaches will improve overall outcomes for our Veterans,” he said. “Connecting with the outstanding team at Lee Health will further enhance our ability to provide safe, high-quality medical care to our local medical community.”
With the understanding that Veterans do not come home to programs; they come home to communities, Home Base engages with Veterans and Service Members in Southwest Florida and surrounding areas through community-based initiatives. Drawing on the resources of the Marieb College of Health & Human Services, the Greater Naples and SKY Family YMCA’s, and now Lee Health, Home Base’s Warrior Health & Fitness Program in Southwest Florida focuses on exercise, wellness and camaraderie. In addition to supervised exercise, participating veterans receive education about healthy eating and living, sleep hygiene, stress management, and the health benefits of physical activity.
While the physical portion remains a very important component to the Warrior Health and Fitness Program, it will introduce a new curriculum focused on the benefits of fitness, exercise programming and design, healthy eating, sleep hygiene and mental resiliency. Participants will also undergo one-on-one nutrition counseling from a certified registered dietitian, with oversight from Home Base’s Director of Health and Wellness, Louisa Sylvia, PhD.
“The work Home Base does for our Veterans in Southwest Florida is invaluable, and we are honored to work alongside them and be continued advocates of their mission. Theirs is a cause that all of us at Lee Health strongly support,” says Larry Antonucci, M.D., MBA, Lee Health President & CEO.
Home Base Southwest Florida’s Warrior Health and Fitness Program kicks off on March 31, 2018 and is open to both men and women who are Post-9/11 Veterans or Active Duty Service Members, in all branches of the military, the National Guard and the Reserves. All able-bodied Veterans, including amputees, are eligible to participate and discharge status is not a factor. For more information about Home Base’s Warrior Health and Fitness Program, or to register for this year’s upcoming session, click here.