Day of Dance health event to be held at Eastgate Mall

January 31st, 2008    Author: Michael Bradley    Filed Under: News

Mercy Hospital Clermont and Mercy Hospital Anderson will host the ’2008 Spirit of Women Day of Dance for Health’ at the Eastgate Mall Feb. 23.

“This is the first year that both hospitals are participating and collaborating with the Spirit of Women group on the Day of Dance,” said Deb Spradlin, Mercy Hospital Clermont Director of Behavioral Medicine. “This very unique annual event is designed to inspire and encourage women of all ages, and their families, to take care of themselves, especially their heart.”

Mercy Hospitals Clermont and Anderson are two of the health care providers in more than 60 cities nationwide to host the annual ‘Day of Dance’ on Feb. 23.

Mercy Hospital Clermont public relations specialist Pete Gemmer said that the event, which will take place from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday Feb. 23 at the Eastgate Mall, will be a day for everyone (and all are welcome) to celebrate their health through the expression of dance.

"At the event, people will be encouraged to get up and dance, and to move around a little bit," Gemmer said. "Proving that exercise can be fun and beneficial to the heart, the program will combine the fun of dancing to different forms of music and styles of dance, such as ballroom dancing, rock and roll, jazz, salsa, swing, and hip-hop."

The event will not only include dancing; there will also be a free health fair with screenings and consumer education tips on healthy cooking, smoking cessation, and stress reduction. There will be physician speakers and many other activities designed to remind participants that heart disease prevention can be "a fun and energizing experience," Gemmer said.

During the event, entertainment will be provided by country artist, motivational speaker, and cancer survivor Kevin Sharp, many dance groups, including the West Clermont Dance Company, the Mariemont dance troop, Just off Broadway (elementary age children), the Anderson Steppers, and the Red Hat Ladies.

Tanya Abreu, president and national program director for Spirit of Women, said that dancing is a sport that everyone loves.

"Dancing is a healthy activity that has powerful benefits for our heart, lungs, brain, and just about every other organ," she said. "On Feb. 23, we are dancing for fun and hoping to inspire a lifetime of healthy living for every participant."

According to Spradlin, nearly half a million women die every year form cardiovascular disease, making it the leading cause of death for American women.

"The Day of Dance is one more way to educate and spread awareness about good health," she said. "With the combination of the entertainment, the dancing, and the health fair, there will be something for everyone. We are all very excited to be involved with and hosting our own local day of dancing here in Clermont."

For more information on the Day of Dance, contact Pete Gemmer at the Clermont Mercy Hospital.
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