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North Colorado Medical Center Spirit of Women hosts 'Day of Dance'


GREELEY, Colo. (Feb. 21, 2012) — “Day of Dance for Your Family’s Health” by North Colorado Medical Center’s Spirit of Women will use a family-friendly event to create a healthier community.

The entire community is invited to Day of Dance for Your Family’s Health on Saturday March 3 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Greeley FunPlex, 1501 65th Ave. Day of Dance each year draws hundreds of people of all ages from Greeley and the surrounding communities.

This fun and free family event will feature dancing demonstrations from local groups and individuals, exhibits, games, healthy food demonstrations, health screenings and time to “ask-the-docs” with pediatrics, family practice, internal medicine, allergy, sports medicine and orthopedics. Attendees can get important information about sports-related concussions in young athletes and meet players from University of Northern Colorado sports teams. There are also plans for a magician, face painting, giveaways and fun games featuring various hospital departments.

Day of Dance has been helping to create healthier communities for more than eight years nationwide. This is the sixth year that residents of Greeley and surrounding areas will participate in this national movement. Day of Dance events will be held by affiliate hospitals of the Spirit of Women Health Network in over 75 cities across the United States.  

“For the past six years, Day of Dance has resulted in hundreds of community members learning the powerful concept that good health can be just a dance away,” said Kris Howard, manager of NCMC’s Spirit of Women program. “This unique program brings together physicians, medical professionals, local athletes, dancers, community businesses and citizens to teach families about healthy choices they can easily incorporate into their lifestyles as well as find out their personal warning signs and risk factors … all while having fun.”

Coronary heart disease, which causes heart attack, is the single leading cause of death for American men and women. Childhood obesity and diabetes are on the rise. “We believe that up-to-date health information and education, screenings and using local health resources to build healthy habits might begin to reverse this trend,” said Howard.

And, it’s a great time to be inspired to dance.  Dancing can burn as many calories as swimming, walking, or riding a bike (as many as 200-400 calories per hour). Many health benefits may result from dance if it is done on a regular basis as a form of exercise.  Benefits include weight maintenance or weight loss, blood pressure and cholesterol management (lowering), increased energy, decreased sadness and depression, increased coordination and muscle strength, and an overall sense of well-being.

For more information on NCMC 2012 Day of Dance, visit or call (970) 810-3000.

Spirit of Women is a national network of leading hospitals dedicated to improving women's lives with innovative health and community programs.  Spirit of Women Hospitals touch the lives of millions of women each year through the presentation of educational events, consumer membership programs, annual conferences, marketing communications and grassroots efforts to improve the health and well-being of women everywhere.  Spirit of Women enables participating hospitals to focus on community needs while providing the strength of national support.  Visit

North Colorado Medical Center is a fully accredited, private, not-for-profit facility licensed to operate 398 beds. It serves as a regional medical center with community-based and specialty services in a service area including southern Wyoming, western Nebraska, western Kansas and northeastern Colorado. For more information, visit

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