“Let’s Dance, Savannah!”

The Coastal Health District, with support from Healthy Savannah, will host “Let’s Dance, Savannah!” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 6, at Savannah Mall’s Center Court. The day of free dance demonstrations and classes is being offered to encourage dancing as a legitimate form of exercise and to teach people about the importance of cardiovascular health.

The event will include free dance classes, blood pressure screenings, Body Mass Index (BMI) measurements, and blood glucose testing. There will also be information on how to quit tobacco using the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line.

“Dance is truly a fun way to get in that 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day,” said Coastal Health District Chronic Disease Prevention Director, Cristina Gibson. “Dancing as a form of exercise, along with other healthy behaviors, can help keep your heart healthy.”

February is heart month and heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 800,000 die from heart disease in the U.S. every year. Eating healthy, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight, and not using tobacco can help prevent heart disease which can lead to stroke and heart attacks.

Groups scheduled to take part in the event include Maria Colucci’s Chance to Dance, Legacy Irish Dance Academy, Kelly & Co. Studios, Abeni Cultural Arts, Salon de Baile, Coastal Empire Montessori Charter School & Savannah Flash Mob Dance Crews, and One Spirit Dance Academy.

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