Saturday was a day to celebrate a community commitment to health and life as Jefferson Community Health & Life (JCH&L) hosted a number of events to showcase its role in giving the community the tools people need to stay well.
Events kicked off at 9 a.m. when Fairbury’s Mayor, Homer Ward, signed a proclamation declaring May as Health and Life Month. Here is a video of Mayor Ward reading the proclamation:
Ward recognized the staff at JCH&L for their continued work to keep the community healthy, encouraging people to make use of their facilities. He the need for Fairbury and Jefferson County as a whole to take steps to become more healthy, citing health rankings in the State of Nebraska.
Out of 78 counties in Nebraska that reported statistics, Jefferson County ranks 67th with obesity, chronic disease and other factors threatening the community’s well being.
Chad Jurgens, CEO at JCH&L, explained that the facility is working to improve the lives of the citizens of Jefferson County, recognizing a number of changes that have taken place over the past year, from joining with the Fairbury Clinic, to revealing a new name and a brand new website.
“When we look at some of the population’s health, we see where the needs are,” said Jurgens. “We know there’s an opportunity for us to be a leader in the community going forward to promote health and wellness so that people don’t need to come to the hospital.”
Some of the events during Health & Life Day included a bike rodeo, a chance to scale a rock wall and even an inflatable obstacle course. Jurgens revealed a new feature on the JCH&L website called the My Wellness Dashboard, a new tool for people to track medication, activity and other important statistics. Jurgens encourages people to sign up for the dashboard to help remind people of the importance of health.
“This will be a valuable tool in helping people to link everything together and to promote health,” Jurgens said. “The dashboard allows you to keep track of a lot of important information and to keep it all in one place.”