Dancing Through the Decades

April 19, 2013

Mercy Hospital Hosts Day of Dance

Many things change through the decades, dance moves being one of them. But health care needs also change with the stages of life. At Mercy’s Day of Dance, the audience will learn how health and age “Tango.”

The Day of Dance, sponsored by Mercy’s Spirit of Women program, will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the Fort Scott Middle School.  The event will combine the talent of local dance performers with an educational program on heart disease, free health screenings, snacks, door prizes and giveaways.

Amy Sachau, MD, will share valuable health related information about how women should care for their heart as they sashay through life and the recommended screenings/tests to keep a “pulse” on their cardiovascular health.

Participants may take advantage of the following screenings: non-fasting glucose and cholesterol, blood pressure, risk for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) assessment, body-mass index, and a cardiovascular risk assessment. 

Special guests, some who have graced the stage at the Fort Scott Rotary’s “Dancing with Our Stars” event, will perform famous dance moves from decades ranging from the 1920’s through 1970’s.

Mercy’s Spirit of Women offers free education programs to the community at various times throughout the year.  This Day of Dance marks the fifth event of its kind in Fort Scott.

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.

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

For more information about the Day of Dance call the Spirit of Women Coordinator at 620-223-8094.


Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 32 hospitals, 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,900 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.


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