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Wellness Center to Celebrate 20 Years

FAIRBURY – Everyone is welcome for free activities to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center has providing wellness and fitness activities and education since September 1996. Bob and Wauneta Burkley donated $1.1 million to Jefferson Community Health Center (then Jefferson County Memorial Hospital) in 1994 to build a wellness center.

The Burkleys had been discussing building a private fitness center in Fairbury at the same time health center board members were involved in discussions about a wellness center through the Strategic Training and Resource Targeting (START) program. The Burkleys decided to support the wellness center through the health center.

A grand opening celebration was held in late September 1996 featuring a health fair and open house, and more than 1,100 people attended.

“Jefferson Community Health Center is proud to offer our community a wellness facility to give area residents the tools to be fit and healthy,” said Chad Jurgens, JCHC CEO.

The 20th anniversary celebration is free and will offer a wide variety of activities for all ages. A pedal tractor pull contest will be available for ages 4 and up (including teens and adults. An inflatable obstacle course will challenge all ages throughout the celebration. Other contests include a kids dollar dive, a three-point shooting contest, a family swim contest, and more. Free health smoothy samples will be available from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and free healthy snack samples will be available throughout the celebration.

There will be membership specials, and the chance to sign up to win a free membership and other prizes.

For a detailed schedule, check the Burkley Wellness Center page on the JCHC website at www.jchc.us, or stop at the wellness center.

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