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One the job at the EACC - Pedersen takes over as facility’s director

The Valley Banner

ELKTON – Healthy living is a way of life for Mark Pedersen.

Pedersen, 31, was recently hired as the director of the Elkton Area Community Center.

The Bridgewater College graduate grew up in northern New Jersey and moved back to Virginia late last year.

“Virginia had been calling me for a number of years, and I finally answered,” he said.

After obtaining a bachelor of science degree in health and exercise science from Bridgewater College, Pedersen moved back to New Jersey, where he earned a master of science degree in exercise physiology from William Paterson University.

“I’m not an athletic person,” Pedersen said. “I got into health and fitness to better myself and my family.”

Pedersen started his health kick by volunteering at a gym while in high school and then interned at a YMCA.

Both of his parents were morbidly obese, he said, explaining that he wanted to help them. Specifically, he has been able to help his mother – who has type 2 diabetes and arthritis – with her diet and getting active, despite her having a bad knee and bad ankle.

Having this experience “makes me relatable to the community,” he said. “I hope to help people along their journey with my knowledge.”

Pedersen aims to make the Elkton Area Community Center a health and wellness destination. He wants to add more health and wellness activities and information sessions, such as lectures and health expos, for example. In short, he wants to offer a wider variety of health information to community center users.

More space coming?
At the April 18 council meeting, the council voted to approve a resolution of support for the Friends of the East Rockingham County Communities, Inc.

During the meeting, Donna Kinsey said the non-profit organization is pursuing two grants so that locker rooms and showers could be added to the community center.



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