Stephanie Wardein works to create a healthier tomorrow. She has helped implement community initiatives, such as the 5210 Pledge and the Million Mile Movement, which have motivated residents to get active and watch what they eat.

Among the positive results: A 22.5 percent increase in Lee County residents who meet physical activity recommendations and a 29 percent decline in the number of heart disease-related deaths, exceeding the U.S. average.

“I approach my profession as a member of the community with a care for its betterment. Together we have the opportunity to make a lasting impact,” Wardein says.

Wardein is married with five young children age 11 and under, the youngest of which arrived recently this year. The entire family is active with multiple nonprofits in Southwest Florida, including, but not limited to: The American Heart Association, Harry Chapin Food Bank, Gigi’s Playhouse, United Way, Pace Center for Girls, Healthy Lee and various ministry opportunities through their local church.