CHARDON — City Council recently approved a request to use the Chardon Square for a Live Well health and wellness event to take place this summer.

Chad Gourley, who has put a lot of events together in downtown Willoughby and has worked with the Downtown Willoughby Organization, pitched to the council why bringing the event to Chardon is important.

“To me it has always been in the plans to take the live well initiative and the event itself and take it to other communities,” Mr. Gourley said. “It is a city that I used to live in at one point in my life so it definitely brings a lot of pride and joy to me to do something like that.”

The family-friendly community event started in 2018 and picked up momentum along with the health and wellness movement that was continuing to grow across the country focusing on prevention of disease and medical issues.

Mr. Gourley stated that the purpose for the event is to educate, inspire and empower people to make better decisions about their health.

“The idea and the concept was let’s bring the health and wellness community that’s in people’s communities to the community itself,” said Mr. Gourley. “A lot of people don’t know the options they have in their community whether it be gyms or whether it be different alternative methods of healing potentially.”

The one-day event will be open to community members featuring hands-on activities, different workout classes, yoga and potentially activities for the senior population and something for the kids as well.

“COVID has changed the landscape of how this works and we put preparations in place for Willoughby this year to make sure everything was socially distanced,” said Mr. Gourley. “I would assure you that we would again look at the map and make sure that we can do the same with Chardon.”

The event is expected to take place on Aug. 21 with a time frame of 9 a.m to 1 p.m.

The meeting was held via Zoom. The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

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