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Mary Washington Healthcare to Host the National “Day of Dance for Your Health” with Over 75 Hospitals Nationwide

Fredericksburg, VA (PRWEB) January 21, 2013

Mary Washington Hospital and Stafford Hospital welcome their communities to “get their dance on” at their Day of Dance for Your Health event. Day of Dance is a national health awareness program of the Spirit of Women Hospital Network. Residents from Spotsylvania to Northern Virginia will dance their way to health at this national event that is happening in communities across U.S.

Day of Dance has been helping to create healthier communities for over nine years nationwide and this is the 4th year that Mary Washington Healthcare will participate in this movement. Hundreds of residents are expected to get involved with this event, which will take place at:

  • Spotsylvania Towne Centre on February 16
  • Potomac Mills on February 23
Nationwide, more than 75,000 people are expected to dance for their health at one of these events!

“Day of Dance has inspired millions of consumers to change their lifestyle over the past nine years,” said Tanya Abreu, President and National Program Director of Spirit of Women. “This unique program brings together doctors, community leaders, and businesses to teach families about healthy choices they can easily incorporate into their daily lives. It also helps people understand their personal risk factors for heart disease and stroke, all while having fun and learning new dance moves.”

Taking place from 1 – 4 p.m. at both malls, the events will include dancing, physician consultations, screenings, Zumba and other activities to immediately inspire people to be their own health advocate. Day of Dance also educates consumers on a variety of cardiovascular conditions such as atrial fibrillation, stroke, and more.

Spirit of Women focuses on dance as a way to take steps for a healthier life because 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.

To find a Day of Dance event near you, visit

The 2013 National Day of Dance is presented by Mary Washington Healthcare, the Spirit of Women Hospital Network, Good Housekeeping magazine and The Heart Truth ® campaign.

About Spirit of Women
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

Good Housekeeping magazine—together with the Good Housekeeping Institute and the Good Housekeeping Seal—has become synonymous with the gold standard of quality and integrity. Good Housekeeping was founded in 1885, and maintains a commitment to the modern home and to a woman’s quality of life. It publishes 15 editions worldwide, and is an internationally recognized brand that sets the standard to which all other women's service magazines aspire.

The Heart Truth® is a national awareness campaign on women and heart disease sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Heart Truth created and introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wakeup call to American women. The Red Dress® reminds women of the need to protect their heart health, and inspires them to take action.

Visit to learn simple ways to stay healthy and to find an event near you.

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