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Celebrating the day at the South Jordan Health and Wellness Expo

Mar 28, 2017 11:07AM ● By Mylinda LeGrande

Fitness Classes were available to try during a South Jordan fitness expo. (Sarah LeGrande/City Journals)

By Mylinda LeGrande | [email protected] 

Presidents Day this year wasn’t just for celebrating Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthdays; it was also a time to get into shape and check out what the South Jordan Fitness and Aquatic Center has to offer. All were invited to attend the Health and Wellness Expo. on Feb. 20.

In addition to visiting vendors and health booths, the public could sign up for sporting programs, swim in the pool, use the weight room, take a class or play basketball or racquet ball free of charge. Memberships were also offered at a 10 percent discount during the event.

Booths offered information about upcoming recreation programs and provided registration for classes and sports leagues. Roseman University nursing students took visitors’ and members’ blood pressure and provided information about how to lower it.

“Our purpose here is to promote healthy lifestyles within our community to get people to our facility and see what our fitness programs have to offer,” Recreation Facilities Manager Janelle Payne said.

Resident Steven Jeffs was at the recreation center with his wife to exercise, but they also checked out the expo.

“We come here five to six times a week, and [we] like the lunchtime classes like High Fitness,” Jeffs said. “[I] liked talking to personal trainer Lars Toensing about abdominal workouts that we can do and [what] to eat before and after a workout.”

Chelle Wyatt, a hard-of-hearing specialist, represented the booth from the Sanderson Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

 “We have been here now for three years at least,” Wyatt said. “It is an annual thing for us, and our [program] is one of the best hard-of-hearing programs in the country.”

Kristin Armstrong, a representative from the Utah Department for Environment Quality from, was at the expo to provide information about what radon is and how to get kits to test for the naturally occurring gas.

“We are trying to get the word out about radon to let people know that it is an issue here in Utah, and it is really easy and cheap to get your home tested for radon,” Armstrong said. “We have certified mitigation [installers] that we recommend who put in sump pumps to take the radon out of your home.”

The South Jordan Health Department sells kits for $6, and sells them for $9.  Armstrong said if a resident finds high levels of radon from testing, it can cost up to $1,500 to get rid of it.

Other vendors at the event included doTERRA Essential Oils, Winder Dairy, Lighthouse Counseling Services LLC, Winder Dairy, Costco, Chick-fil-A, Humana, Legacy, Utah Poison Control, Team Holt Fitness and others.

Residents can experience more of the South Jordan Fitness and aquatic center by purchasing a pass. Annual resident rates at the fitness center for adults start at $220 for one person, and there are discounts for additional adults or children in a family.