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Joan Steffend to speak in Worthington

Former HGTV host and Minnesotan Joan Steffend will be speaking at Memorial Auditorium on Thursday, September 25 at 6 p.m. Steffend’s appearance is one of several activities being held during Active Aging Week by the Center for Active Living. Submitted Photo

WORTHINGTON — The Center for Active Living (CAL) is embarking on a new journey this year with a week-long list of events in celebration of Active Aging Week, Sept. 21-27. 

Emmy-winning reporter and former HGTV host Joan Steffend is the featured speaker on Sept. 25 at the Memorial Auditorium.

Steffend, a Minnesota native, began her 30-year career in the media as a reporter for KBJR-TV in Duluth in the 1980s before moving onto KARE-TV in Minneapolis. She made the transition to HGTV in 1997, hosting “Decorating Cents” along with several top-rated specials. Now Steffend tours the country, encouraging others to find their inner peace and become comfortable in their own skin.

Kris Hohensee with the Center for Active Living saw Steffend’s presentation at the 50+ Lifestyle Expo in Mankato earlier this year and wanted to bring Steffend to Worthington.

“I really thought that she was great. She’s a motivational and inspirational type of speaker,” Hohensee said. “You just feel like she’s just an average person talking to you. You don’t feel like you’re getting preached to. … She just kind of wants you to take a look at who you are, what you have and how to be happy with that.”

Steffend’s presentation — “Be Yourself or You’ll Miss Your Life!” — is based in large part on her own life experience and strives to connect the audience with their own magnificence.

An overview of the presentation states, “We were all born with a seed of brilliance inside us. Unfortunately, the world doesn’t always sign up to nurture that seed. In fact, sometimes it feels like the culture’s job to cover it up! That’s Joan’s story. But a few decades down the line she found herself with a flashlight, a shovel and an unquenchable need to find that seed once again.”

In addition to Steffend’s appearance, CAL is hosting an event each day during Active Aging Week. According to the International Council on Active Aging’s website, Active Aging Week was established as an “annual health promotion event held each year during the last week of September. The weeklong observance celebrates adults ages 50 and older as fully participating members of society and promotes the benefits of leading an active, healthier lifestyle. It also highlights the ability of older adults to live well, regardless of age or health conditions.”

This is the first time Worthington has hosted events in connection with Active Aging Week and Hohensee said if the festivities are successful, CAL hopes to host activities every year.

Most of the events are open to all ages, and Hohensee designed them accordingly to appeal to a broad audience.

“You don’t need to be ‘old’ to participate in these,” Hohensee said. “We’re all getting old whether we are 10, 40 or 80. I geared this to a lot of various ages to promote the fact that we need to stay healthy.

“Just because we are not in high school or college anymore doesn’t mean we are going to slow down and not lead a happy, healthy life. We need to maintain that throughout our lifespan.”

The events are open to the entire community to encourage and inspire all ages to be active. Below is a schedule of events planned during Active Aging Week:

Sept. 21

4:30 p.m.: Motorcycle Fun Ride leaving from W-2 Meats

5 to 7 p.m.: Community Cookout at W-2 Meats

Sept. 22

10 a.m.: Golf Tournament at Prairie View Golf Links

Sept. 23

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Make and Take Glass Etching

6 p.m.: Wine and Canvas Event at BenLee’s (Must be 21+ to attend and pre-register)

Sept. 24

7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Sanford Health Fair at Center for Active Living

Sept. 25

6 p.m.: Joan Steffend: A Gifted Speaker at Memorial Auditorium

Sept. 26

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Money Matters Forum at Center for Active Living

Sept. 27

All Day: Pickleball Tournament (Must be 50+ and pre-register by Sept. 22)

For more information on any of the events or for registration, contact Kris Hohensee at 507-376-6457.

Robin Baumgarn

Robin Baumgarn is a new reporter for the Daily Globe covering the Education and Northwest Iowa beats. Prior to coming to the Globe, she worked for the Ocheyedan Press-Melvin News, a weekly Iowa paper for three years. She is a 2012 graduate of Iowa Lakes Community College and lives in Northwest Iowa with her husband Ryan and three pets, Fidget, Missy and Samwise.

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