Take a step in the right direction

February 8, 2011


Mercy Health Center invites the community to the Fourth Annual Day of Dance for Health on Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Fort Scott Middle School.  Sponsored by Mercy’s Spirit of Women Initiative, the event will combine the fun of dancing with health screenings, education on heart disease and shopping…yes, shopping.

Patty LaRoche, Fort Scott’s inspirational columnist and public speaker, will deliver the keynote address to motivate women to care for their spiritual and mental health. 

Free health screenings will be offered by Mercy Physician Group in the middle school library.  Screenings include non-fasting glucose and cholesterol, blood pressure, risk for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) assessment, body-mass index, and a cardiovascular risk assessment. 

“Every year this event grows with enthusiasm,” said Tina Rockhold, Spirit of Women Coordinator. “It is an opportunity for women to take charge of their cardiovascular health in a fun-filled manner.

“Cardiovascular health encompasses much more than just exercise,” Rockhold added. “Emotional and spiritual well-being are components of a healthy heart too. Patty will motivate you to find peace and balance in your life. So come learn more; there is truly something for everyone, young to young at heart.”

Guests are invited to participate in dance lessons from talented instructors who teach throughout Southeast Kansas and Southwest Missouri. 

Types of dance are offered at this year’s Day of Dance for Health include Belly dance, Country-line dance, Clogging, Hip Hop, Latin Lean, Low-impact Aerobics, Pom-Pom, Rock-n-Roll Line dance, and Zumba.

“The day is designed to inspire ladies to take action toward better health by proving that exercise in the form of dance can be fun, and is an excellent way to increase your heart rate,” Rockhold added.  “Bring your family; bring your friends.  It’s a guaranteed good time combined with beneficial health tips.”

Dancing can burn as many calories as swimming, walking, or riding a bike (as many as 200-400 calories per hour). If done on a regular basis as a form of exercise, many health benefits result including weight maintenance or weight loss, blood pressure and cholesterol management (lowering), increased energy, increased coordination and muscle strength, decreased sadness and depression, and an overall sense of well-being. In addition, dancing can help develop new social connections as well as enhance and strengthen relationships.

Nearly 500,000 women die each year of cardiovascular disease, making it the leading cause of death for American women. One in two women will die of heart disease, yet they continue not to personalize their individual risk for cardiovascular disease.

No women’s event is complete without shopping.  So Mercy has teamed up to provide a “Shop with Spirit” experience.  Area businesses which have partnered with Mercy’s She Power Consumer Rewards program will provide women with on-site shopping.  The six local businesses displaying merchandise are 3 Weathered Gypsies jewelry, Advanced Dental Care, At Home America, Books and Grannies, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Mercy Physician Group, Sunshine Boutique, and Thirty-one bags.

The Day of Dance for Health is a free event, but tickets are required.  Tickets are available at three locations in Fort Scott: The Mercy Health Center Registration Desk at 401 Woodland Hills Blvd.; The Mercy Medical Plaza Registration Desk at 902 South Horton; and Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce at 231 E. Wall St.

For more information about the Day of Dance for Health, call Tina Rockhold, Spirit of Women Coordinator, at 620-223-8094.

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