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Get Your Heart Pumping With ‘Day of Dance’


PHOENIX (Feb. 14, 2013) – Tango, two-step, tap or hip-hop – all are good for heart health and will be the beat of the day at the annual “Day of Dance” for heart health sponsored by Banner Health’s Spirit of Women program scheduled for Feb. 23 at two Valley retail locations.

Day of Dance encourages entire family participation and features simple ways to keep your heart healthy, dance demonstrations, free health screenings and fun and games for youth. Two events are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – one at Superstition Springs Center (JC Penney Court) in Mesa and also at Arrowhead Towne Center in Glendale (Dicks Sporting Goods Court). The public is encouraged to attend these free, annual events. Superstition Springs is located at Power Road and the U.S. 60 and Arrowhead Towne Center is at Bell Road and the Loop 101.

Dance instructors from local studios will be on-hand to demonstrate various dance techniques and styles. Dance instruction will be provided by Verde Grove Stompers of Mesa, Rhythmic Expressions Arizona and by teachers from the Fuse Performing Arts Center

Stages will be set-up for instruction and those attending will be challenged to participate and learn how dance can be incorporated into exercise routines to benefit heart health. Heart and health-related booths and information will be provided including health screenings, heart age tests, blood pressure checks and BMI analysis.

Day of Dance occurs all over the U.S. on Feb. 23 – February is American Heart Month – and is part of the national Spirit of Women campaign to promote healthy lifestyle choices through education and activities like dancing, movement and healthy eating.

According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 715,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year and nearly 600,000 die from heart disease in the U.S. annually. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. However, a healthy lifestyle – including dance – can help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns or manages 23 acute-care hospitals, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services including physician clinics and home care and hospice services. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming.

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