Nationally recognized speaker Dr. Stuart Robertshaw tantalized over 175 local residents during his keynote presentation at the community event “Healing Power of Humor & Wellness Fair” on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Black River Falls. The event is sponsored by The Jackson County Diabetes Education Alliance and local community organizations.
Robertshaw, who is from La Crosse, Wisconsin, is a retired professor and lawyer and travels the country teaching groups about the benefits of humor—while he keeps them roaring with laughter throughout the session.
“Dr. Humor®” explained that children smile and laugh numerous times per day but as we age that number dwindles. He shared with the group that years ago, as a joke, he started an organization called the “International Association for the Humor Impaired.” A reporter sent out his press release which resulted in international media attention with hundreds of media interviews and articles. Dr. Humor had to quickly invent the organization—complete with a free life-time membership and certificate suitable for framing! The “organization” currently has over 16,000 members world-wide.
Dr. Humor is on a mission to combat one of modern society’s worst afflictions, terminal seriousness. His goal is to provide information through public speaking and print media about the value and benefits of humor in order to improve the quality of life for everyone.
The event included live cooking demonstrations and twelve different wellness exhibits from area organizations.
This annual event is coordinated by the Jackson County Diabetes Education Alliance with the help of community partners which include: Diabetes Education & Support Group (BRMH Partners), Black River Area Foundation, Jackson in Action Coalition Members (Black River Memorial Hospital, Jackson County Public Health and Ho-Chunk Nation). Each year a different theme is presented related to healthy living.