More than 40 booths representing health-conscious facilities throughout the county set up shop at Greensburg Elementary School (GES) Saturday for the annual Spirit of Women's "Day of Dance."
Dancing, hula-hooping, jump-roping and a variety of other cardio-centric physical activities were on display at GES, each finding plenty of participation from area adults and children.
The event, the sixth of its kind, was sponsored by the Decatur County Memorial Hospital Spirit of Women, and the festive day of fun attracted more than 400 happy attendees.
Those who visited were able to roam from booth-to-booth, examining everything from exercise videos to having their glucose levels checked.
Stopping by at least a dozen booths earned patrons a free brunch box full of healthy goodies.
The primary focus of the event, according to DCMH vice president of patient care Diane McKinney, is to encourage people to "get up and get moving." Those who took part in the "Day of Dance" seemed happy to oblige.
From the Beach Boys to Madonna to various hip-hop mainstays, music of every kind boomed throughout the GES gymnasium, moving many in attendance to take to the dance floor. A group of youth and adults gathered for an impromptu Macarena rendition, while others got together for a weighted hula-hoop demonstration. The Indy Air Bears, a competitive jump-rope squad, also entertained those in attendance by showcasing their unique skills and offering children a chance to get physically involved in the show. Face painting and a bounce house rounded out the fun.
When attendees needed a break from dancing and all the other activities, visiting the many booths proved to be both fun and educational.
David Fry, executive director of the DCMH foundation, was on-hand promoting "Recipes for a Cause," the hospital's recently-released cookbook that features dozens of culinary treats courtesy of DCMH staff. Fry said that several copies had been sold throughout the morning.
Another booth educated passersby on alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency, an inherited condition similar to emphysema. A quick finger prick was all that was needed in order to test for the disease. The initial process takes only a few moments and can be conducted at DCMH at no charge.
Decatur County EMS director Doug Banks brought along a new device that will allow EMTs to transmit EKG readings from the site of an emergency directly to hospital staff. Called the "LifePak 15," the new technology also includes a defibrillator and can check a patient's blood pressure and carbon monoxide levels.
Information pertaining to diabetes, psoriasis and COPD was available, in addition to pamphlets concerning a healthy diet. A vision screening was offered by associates of Max A. Henry, M.D. while Dr. David A. Dickey and Dr. Seth C. Conley's Family Dental Care offered pertinent periodontal information.
Those involved with the production expressed satisfaction with the turn-out, which included a cross-section of Decatur County citizens ranging from the youngest youths to the senior set.
Diane McKinney told the Daily News that nearly 90 hospitals nationwide are currently affiliated with Spirit of Women. Among Decatur and its surrounding counties, more than 800 women are involved in the organization.
Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111, x7056