Health fair in West Jeff on March 3


(Posted Feb. 26, 2018)

The village of West Jefferson Parks and Recreation Department and Madison Health are sponsoring a health fair on  March 3 at the West Jefferson Community Center, 221 S. Center St.  “March On For Better Health” will showcase county-wide agencies, non-profits and businesses that promote positive health and wellness. The fair hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free.

Special guest lecturer, Chris Ruden, in Columbus for the Arnold Classic, is a guest speaker at the health fair. Ruden is an elite powerlifter, entrepreneur, model and motivational speaker. Born with a congenital birth defect leaving him with only two fingers on his left hand and a shorter left arm, Ruden has given many talks on health and wellness, along with his motivational talks on overcoming limits for success. Nineteen years into battling his physical situation, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.  But for Ruden, losing is not an option. For more information, visit

Concessions will be available during the event. Exhibitors will have some samples and give-aways along with information about their business, agency or non-profit organization. Also planned are a free diabetic testing, blood pressure screenings and chair massages. For more information, contact Marci Darlington, West Jefferson Parks and Recreation director, at (740) 490-8317.

The lecture and demonstration schedule for the day is as follows:

10:30 a.m. – Line Dancing Demo presented by Darla Byers

11:15 a.m. – “What to Know About Cold and Flu p resented by Mark Robbins of The Happy Druggist

12:15 p.m. – “Limitations Are Self Imposed” a talk geared toward middle-high school students and presented by Chris Ruden,

1:15 p.m. – “Healthy Habits Through Fitness and Nutrition; It’s Not As Hard As You Think,”  a talk for adults who want to make changes in their lives, presented by Chris Ruden

2:15 p.m. – “Clinical Warning Signs,” how to spot someone suffering with depression and substance abuse issues, presented by Ryan Van Pelt of Darby Creek Counseling.

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