• What Does Healthy Look Like? Sometimes, it's dollars and sense.

    What Does Healthy Look Like? Sometimes, it's dollars and sense.

    Ryan Williamson, a principal and founder of Horizon Wealth Management in La Grange, knows a lot about health and wellness. In fact, you might say he's a specialist in the area of financial fitness. How and why is this important for us all as business owners and residents of the west suburban region? Williamson literally wrote the book.

    Williamson wrote, “Drafting Your Financial Quarterback: What You Need to Know When Hiring a Financial Planner" and will present on financial wellness at this year’s Regional Health, Wellness and Safety Fest. He spoke with us this week to explain the importance of financial wellness in today’s day and age.

    “For me, it’s extremely important, and always has been,” said Williamson. “Without having financial stability, you’re not going to be able to accomplish the things that you want to, the things that are meaningful to you, and the things that allow you to do the other parts of your life that you enjoy. It’s only going to become more important, as costs go up, and reliance upon the government goes down.” Also, Williamson was motivated to write this book because, basically, he always wanted to write a book, and this is a light and comprehensive way to say, ‘Okay, if you’re looking for someone like myself, what are the things that you should be aware of? ”


    Additionally, Williamson feels his book and words of wisdom will be very valuable to those attending the Fest, which typically draws 400 attendees every year. “The routine is the exact same when you’re strategizing for your financial health as it is with your physical health,” said Williamson. “It’s surprisingly very familiar to those that have put any routine in place, whether it’s trying to gain muscle, lose weight, or sleep better. We approach it the same way. But, for me, I’ve found the financial aspect has been sort of taboo. I thought it was a great opportunity to intertwine [financial wellness] with health wellness, because they’re very similar in how you approach them.” Finally, Williamson believes that those who attend the fest, and specifically his demonstration, will benefit. “There’s so many cool things that are going to be there, and whatever you’re looking for, there will be something there for you,” said Williamson.

    Ryan has a passion for educating and helping a topic that many people don't generally think of hearing in a public forum. But what better place? "It’s all about someone walking away, feeling as if they’ve learned something listening to or working with me, or even reading my book," he explained. In line with the other vendors who will be exhibiting and demos that will be done, Ryan's financial fitness tips will be valuable resources."I’m just extremely thrilled and appreciative to have the opportunity to share the stage with so many great professionals, and businesses, that are helping people out," he said.


    The 2019 WSCCI Regional Health, Wellness and Safety Fest will take place on Saturday, September 28th, from 9 am to 1 pm at the McCook Athletic & Exposition (MAX) in McCook, Illinois. 50+ exhibitors are expected to attend, and this free community event will provide valuable information on mental health, physical health, financial wellness, pet health, and safety. Besides Ryan's financial fitness talk, other demos include youth soccer, walking tips for the aging community and yoga. Vendors range from financial institutions to styrofoam recycling to real estate to things for kids and families to do. PLUS, at 11 am, an expert panel will discuss Recreational Marijuana and what all residents and community members need to know.

    To learn more about the Health, Wellness and Safety Fest and all the events by West Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Industry visit https://www.wscci.org/events/calendar/


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