Sarah Noble students help celebrate 'Day of Dance'
It's all about your health.
"I like to learn about health issues that affect women," said Ms. Bush-Brown, 33, who was accompanied by her 3-year-old son, Logan. "Women definitely don't take care of themselves as well as they should. They're busy taking care of everyone else."
The newly affiliated New Milford and Danbury hospitals presented "Spirit of Women Day of Dance" Feb. 26 in conjunction with National Heart Month, encouraging women to dance for health and offering free heart-health risk assessments and screenings.
The theme was "Dance Your Health Out!"
Spirit of Women is a national program made up of hospitals dedicated to educating and empowering women to make informed health-care decisions for themselves and their families.
"Most important is for women to stop smoking, drop pounds if overweight, and lower their cholesterol," said. Dr. Shohreh Shahabi, chairman of the event and chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Danbury Hospital.
"Women's heart-health care is a field that was unknown up to a few years ago by cardiologists," Dr. Shahabi said. "A lot of attention has been given to women's cardiovascular health and it's been learned that women age 40 and older are at higher risk of death from heart-related illnesses than men."
Youth was very much served during the program too.
Rumba, hip-hop, ballet and other dances were performed by local dance professionals and groups, including the Sarah Noble Intermediate School's "Walking Project" dancers from New Milford and the Brookfield High School dance team.
In its fifth year, Sarah Noble's Walking Project focuses on exercise, eating well and environmental stewardship.
"Our habits and how we think about health are established in childhood," said Dr. Diane D'Isidori, a Walking Project founder and pediatrician at Candlewood Valley Pediatricians.
"It is important to teach kids the components to a healthy body," she said, "exercise, eating a nutritionally sound diet and preserving the integrity of your environment."