Day of Dance makes the heart strong
The dance rhythm translated into a healthy heart rhythm at Thomasville Medical Center's Day of Dance.
"I'm excited to get people out exercising," said Jane Wilder, community relations manager for TMC. "It's a good day and a step toward keeping people out of the hospital."
The event was held Saturday at Thomasville High School.
Stations around the perimeter of the gym offered information from the Davidson County Health Department, the Tom A. Finch YMCA and the N.C. Extension Service in Davidson County.
TMC nutrition services offered free recipes and a free fish taco with a grapefruit and cilantro salsa. Megan Compton, an exercise science student intern, used an electronic device to help people calculate body mass index. She cut resistance bands, according to people's height, to demonstrate a form of exercise.
TMC offered free blood pressure checks and cholesterol screenings.
Sara Scott, even during the needle stick, kept her smile for the cholesterol screening. She was doing it, she said, "because of my mom."
Her mother, Terrell Scott, a member of the CIS board of directors, added "we need to know more about our health." However, Scott summed up the most important reason for bringing her daughter for the free checks — "I love her."
At the center of the hub was the dance floor, where people of all ages laughed as they exercised. In the final dance filmed for You Tube, Miss Thomasville, Toria Mangum, led the moves to Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean."
"I'm here to support the program," Mangum said, "and have a little fun."