Live Well Chardon, A free event to help bring the community together, healthfully

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Live Well Chardon will feature free activities and vendors with a healthful approach to living. Festival attendees can enjoy healthy food samples from local restaurants, watch fitness demonstrations and enjoy complimentary health assessments and chair massages.

By Patricia Nugent

Coming to Chardon Town Square next month, the inaugural Live Well Chardon festival is geared toward helping people become the best possible version of themselves through health and wellness activities, group fitness classes and food sampling.

An extension of the Live Well Willoughby event, which has been successful and growing over the past four years, Live Well Chardon will connect wellness businesses to attendees, with more than 40 local vendors.

“Our collaborative event is part of the growing landscape for community health initiatives to inspire, engage, and, most importantly, educate people to achieve their healthiest self in mind, body and spirit,” says founder and local health advocate Chad Gourley. “Simply put, we want people to thrive. And Chardon is the perfect epicenter to introduce people to these local wellness businesses and advocates. We find that getting these vendors together also opens doors to them sharing with each other and networking.”

Chad explains the idea to bring the winning concept to Chardon began last fall, when Adam Rogers reached out to him. Adam used to work at the Willoughby Recreation Department and now works at the Chardon Recreation Department.

On Saturday, August 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., festival attendees can enjoy healthy food samples from local restaurants, watch fitness demonstrations and enjoy complimentary health assessments and chair massages.

“People will find a beneficial mix of fitness studios and personal trainers, massage therapists, a chiropractor and representatives from the local hospital systems,” says Chad.

The day begins with a community yoga class for all levels at 9 a.m., offered by Taproot Yoga studio. Then at 10 a.m., you can shake things up with a lively Zumba class put on by the Geauga YMCA. More fitness classes are being added, and all classes are free.

“We want to celebrate the abundance of local health professionals and businesses that make Chardon such a rich and vibrant culture,” says Chad.

Attendees can connect with more than 40 local vendors at Live Well Chardon.

A Perfect Time to Connect Again
“After everything we went through last year with the pandemic, it feels wonderful to see this much energy happening and people reconnecting with each other,” says Chad.

Chardon city officials couldn’t agree more, wholeheartedly welcoming the new initiative.

According to City Manager Randy Sharpe, “The City of Chardon is excited to welcome the Live Well Chardon event to beautiful Chardon Square. There was no hesitation in embracing the concept when Chad approached the city last year. This event is the natural extension of the city’s primary objective to maintain and enhance Chardon as a ‘complete small town’ to foster the city’s economic health and provide additional recreational opportunities.”

Looking Ahead
Chad says he sees the future of the Live Well Initiative expanding its reach to other communities throughout Northeast Ohio.

“The turnouts we receive at our events are an indication that this is a community that’s deeply interested in bettering their wellness,” he adds. “Live Well Chardon is a true win-win initiative. When individuals strive to become their best, the community benefits as a whole.”

Hosted by the Live Well Initiative, Live Well Chardon is a free event that takes place at Chardon Town Square in downtown Chardon. There’s still time to become a vendor or sponsor at the event. For more information, visit LiveWellInitiative.org or call 440-975-6176.