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West Linn to hold big family event on Saturday


What better way to promote good health than to make it fun?

That is what Kirsten Klug will be doing in West Linn on Saturday with a free health fair at the West Linn Adult Community Center.

It will be a great day for the mind, body and spirit as Klug’s Bamboo River Foundation, with the assistance of staffers from the West Linn Parks & Recreation Dept., provides an expansive program on health that will have a healthy dose of fun.

“It’s going to be a unique and creative workshop,” Klug said. “We’ll share experiences, use multi-sensory exercises, and anyone can do it.”

“It’s a great opportunity,” said Terri Jones, recreation coordinator for West Linn. “In the past we’ve had other health fairs but never one this holistic. Our instructors will have the chance to demonstrate what they can do to the community.”

A banana race where participants are allowed to hold a bunch of bananas any way but with their hands may seem like a wacky way to promote health, but Klug does it. The banana race will loosen people up for the Zumba-thon later in the day. There is also Nia dancing and taekwondo.

“It’s hilarious,” Klug said. “Healthy habits are difficult to form unless you have fun, and that’s what I do.”

Laughing is just one of the senses Klug will address at Healthy and Fun Choices. She will also offer coffee and tasty snacks, inspirational music, financial advice, making tacos and smoothies, meditation, yoga, and much, much more. If you are into self-improvement or simply enjoyment, you will have hit the jackpot.

All of this fun has its source in the pain Klug experienced in her own life. She grew up in Happy Valley and as a young person excelled in art and sports. But she often was not very happy about her physical health or self-image.

“I was a very sensitive kid and was often teased growing up,” Klug said. “I kept a smile on my face, yet had negative self-talk and experienced 27 years of chronic pain in addition to being down on myself.”

From her struggles Klug gained a tremendous desire to influence young people to make healthy choices and unlock the doors to their creativity. In fact, this desire became so strong she made a career out of it.

She had some great success stories right at home with her son, who has dyslexia, and her daughter, who has an eye disorder called convergence insufficiencies. Today, their lives are blossoming.

Klug went on to work with an amazing range of businesses, from farmers to electric car makers, inspiring healthy self-images, creativity and innovative business strategies. She was a pillar of empowerment. She reached 20,000 families in only a few years.

“My clients were so passionate about what I was doing,” Klug said. “They told me, ‘You should go out on your own.’”

She did. This year she began focusing on her own business, Healthy and Fun Choices, and has even branched out from this by forming a nonprofit corporation and becoming an author. She is in the processing of writing a book called “Unexpected Success.”

As is her method, Klug is tailoring her West Linn event to the desires and needs of the community, all with the goal of creating healthier homes, schools, and workplaces.

“I’m creating community with a real focus,” Klug said.