Hip Shaking for Health

December 15, 2011

Across the world, an estimated

12 million Zumba students stay in shape by

shaking their hips.

Yes, your hearing is fine. That’s salsa music blasting in the Mercy Neuroscience Institute atrium.

Healthification, Mercy’s co-worker wellness program, comes to life at semiweekly Zumba classes led by Mercy co-worker Courtney Thomas. One of Thomas’ devoted students is Sheri Cullers, a fellow Mercy co-worker.

“Sheri has an awesome attitude and rarely ever misses a class,” said Thomas, senior marketing specialist. “I started teaching Zumba to inspire others to get healthy, but it turns out Sheri is an inspiration to me.”

Cullers joined Mercy in September 2011 and started attending Zumba classes nearly immediately.

“I had always heard about Zumba and wanted to try it,” said Cullers, 42. “When I saw the classes on Mercy’s intranet, I knew I had to go.”

Healthification is designed to encourage well-balanced, healthier lifestyles through nutrition, physical activity, emotional and spiritual wellness and smoking cessation.

Cullers says the convenient location and class times make it easier to fit exercise into her schedule. After three months of regular attendance, she’s already noticing increased stamina and energy.

Zumba classes are open to Mercy co-workers and the public three nights a week: Monday and Thursday at 6 p.m. taught by Courtney Thomas, and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. taught by Kelly Nixon. For more information on Zumba classes at Mercy, call Courtney Thomas at (405) 752-3033.

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