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Twirl -- and step -- to better health

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Those interested in learning a new dance or finding space to practice their skills should twirl over to the YMCA and participate in the Day of Dance for Heart Health on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"The Day of Dance for Heart Health is an interactive community event that brings together consumers, health care providers and other community partners for an educational celebration of the benefits of dance and exercise in the prevention of heart disease," said Andrea Baysinger, clinical and health coordinator at the St. Vincent Clay Hospital.

According to the American Heart Association, heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases claim the lives of about half a million women in America each year, about one death every minute.

Since February is National Heart Month, the main purpose of this event is to provide education for the prevention of heart disease focusing on women's health.

While taking a break from dancing and fitness classes attendees will have the opportunity to learn about heart disease, health and wellness, Baysinger said.

Throughout the day, St. Vincent Clay Hospital will be conducting a health fair that will offer health screenings, such as blood pressure and blood glucose screenings. Also, cholesterol testing will be offered to the first 50 participants.

Organizations such as the YMCA, Progressive Sporting Systems, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Community Tissue Service and the Indiana Blood Center will be offering different health related information at the health fair, Baysinger said.

Activities of the day include a toning class at 9 a.m. in the gymnasium, followed by three different dance and fitness classes. Ballroom dancing, Tia Chi and Hip-Hop classes will be held from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. and again from noon - 1 p.m. The YMCA Dance Factory will be performing at 11 a.m. in the gymnasium.

There is no charge to attend this event and YMCA membership is not required.

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