VACAVILLE — All was calm and relatively quiet at the Brenden Theatre complex Saturday until several women burst into dance, surprising visitors with a dance flash mob.
Others soon joined and copied the movements. This wasn’t a typical dance, however. These women were learning the different signs of a heart attack through dance.
NorthBay Healthcare Spirit of Women held its third annual “Day of Dance” event at the Brenden Theatre complex Saturday in hopes of educating and motivating women to take action regarding their health.
Dance teachers volunteering at the event encouraged women to get moving and learn about heart attacks with surprise dance flash mobs throughout the day.
“We’re emphasizing how important it is to your health to stay fit,” said Jane Prather, the director for the Development of Women’s Health at NorthBay Healthcare.
Healthcare professionals also set up informational tables in the lobby about various medical issues that can affect women. Visitors could get their blood pressure taken, figure out their body mass index, learn about the nutrition information of packaged foods, practice cardiopulmonary resuscitation and learn the different signs of a heart attack.
NorthBay offered a complimentary private showing of the new movie “Safe Haven” Saturday to those who participated in the health screenings.
Jacqueline Jones said that though she was excited to get a free movie ticket, she was surprised by how much she learned and enjoyed each of the health tables at the “Day of Dance.”
She said she liked how the event stressed the importance of a balanced diet and she was also shocked to learn about the high sugar content in many common foods and drinks. Jones’ favorite aspect of the event, however, was brushing up on her CPR skills.
“Knowing CPR is a good thing,” she said. “My son had a heart attack in his 30s. It could happen to anyone.”
To learn more about NorthBay Healthcare Spirit of Women visit www.northbay.org/NorthBayWomensServices.
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