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Get Healthy Marshall gears up for health fest

By Naomi Prioleau
Dec. 25, 2012 at 10 p.m.

Get Healthy Marshall is preparing for its New Year New You Health Fest in January by getting world famous speakers and chefs.

Celebrity chef Kathryn Lorusso and her husband Donn will be returning to Marshall to share their journeys into the world of veganism.

Personal fitness guru for Ellen DeGeneres and the doctor who helped Bill Clinton turn vegan will also be among the numerous speakers in attendance at the three day festival.

Get Healthy Marshall co-founder Amanda Smith said next year's event will really push her and her team to the limit in terms of the amount of people coming and getting a wide variety of speakers.

"This is the biggest thing we've ever done and we really pushed the limit for it," she said. "We got all the best people we haven't had yet and are bringing them all here so we're going out on a limb."

There will be different sessions for health and nutrition, cooking demonstrations, lifestyle and fitness, children's activities and vegan wine tasting.

With more than 200 people registered for the event coming from 16 different states and some coming from Canada, Ms. Smith said she hopes the word "vegan" won't deter some locals who are interested in seeing what the festival is all about.

"People think they know what vegan is," Ms. Smith said. "A lot of people don't like the word because of negative connotation to it and it deters people from anything dealing with veganism."

Local businesses are also getting involved in the festival. Shake & Move Fitness will hold mini sessions all day long for guests who want to try something different.

The health stories that will be shared over the course of three days is something Ms. Smith hopes will make Marshall stand out in terms of health and nutrition.

"I think Marshall can be a role model," she said. "We want to make a difference here and create an experience that can spread. We just want to help and share good health tips with locals."

The festival, which starts Friday, Jan. 11 and goes through Sunday, Jan. 13, will be held in downtown Marshall. There will also be a 5k run on Sunday morning which benefits the Marshall Animal Shelter.

Tickets start at $200 for adults and $50 for children. Those interested can register for the event at



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