TOPEKA – St. Francis Health Center invites the community to the National Day of Dance for Your Health from 10:00am till 2:00pm Saturday, April 28, at Lee Arena, Washburn University. Similar events are taking place at more than 80 hospitals and their communities nationwide to help promote physical activity and dancing for improved health. Day of Dance is an eight-year-old national program of the Spirit of Women Hospital Network.
Spirit of Women Hospitals across the country are taking a stand against heart disease and common cardiovascular conditions, such as atrial fibrillation (AF). The event combines the fun of dancing, such as ballroom, rock ‘n roll, jazz, salsa, swing and hip-hop, with performances by local dance companies, health screenings, consumer health education and local business booths and displays.
“Day of Dance has resulted in millions of consumers exposed to the powerful concept that good health can be just a dance away,” said Tanya Abreu, president and national program director of Spirit of Women. “This unique program brings together doctors, medical professionals, community leaders, media, community businesses and residents to teach families about healthy choices they can easily incorporate into their lifestyles as well as find out their personal warning signs and risk factors for heart disease and stroke, all while having fun.”
Coronary heart disease, which causes heart attack, is the single leading cause of death for American men and women. Day of Dance also educates consumers on cardiovascular conditions, such as atrial fibrillation, an irregular and often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow to the body. In the U.S., more than 3 million people are diagnosed with AF, and if left untreated AF can lead to serious complications, such as heart failure and stroke.
“We want the community to come out and take part in Zumba and other instructional dances and also watch some of the local dancers,” said Eryn Myrick, St. Francis spokeswoman. “We’ll be offering many free health screenings and have a few surprises in the program.”
Spirit of Women focuses on dance as a way to take steps for a healthier life because dancing can burn as many calories as swimming, walking or riding a bike (as many as 200 to 400 calories per hour). Many health benefits may result from dancing regularly, including weight maintenance or weight loss, blood pressure and cholesterol management (lowering), increased energy, decreased sadness and depression, increased coordination and muscle strength and an overall sense of well-being.