ATLANTA, Ga. (January 13, 2011)—According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, regular physical activity can lower your risk of coronary heart disease and decrease blood pressure. Piedmont Healthcare presents Move ‘n Groove, an interactive event for the whole family designed to help individuals add physical activity to their daily lives and achieve good heart health. The day includes physical activities, education, free health screenings, discussions with physicians, dance instruction and demonstration, door prizes and more. The event takes place Saturday, February 18, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at North Atlanta High School located at 2875 Northside Drive, N.W., in Atlanta, Ga.
“Staying physically active not only helps you maintain proper body weight, but it keeps the mind and body healthy,” said Randy Martin, M.D., a cardiologist with Piedmont Heart Institute Physicians and emcee of the event. “More importantly, daily activities such as walking, running, dancing and even gardening are essential to preventing heart disease and strokes.”
Also available are free COPD education and screenings, featuring lung health testing and the COPD Foundation’s COPD Shuttle: Journey to the Center of the Lung. The Shuttle is a 20-seat, state-of-the-art mobile motion simulator that immerses riders on a journey through the lungs to see the harmful effects of smoking. High-definition imagery, surround-sound audio and computer-driven motion control make the Shuttle a fun and memorable experience. During the multimedia ride, viewers traverse the globe in rapid sequence, learning of the toxic smoke, dust particles and chemical fumes that enter the lungs and cause progressive and often debilitating deterioration of lung function.
Participants will enjoy special performances and learn how to increase their heart rate withline dance, cha cha, swing, belly dancing and Zumba. Move ‘n Groove will also offer mini sports camps and Tai Chi as part of the program. Free health screenings and education will include blood pressure checks, cholesterol and glucose screenings, sleep health assessments, flu shots and much more. Piedmont physicians will also be on hand to answer a variety of health questions.
Admission to the event is once again free, however registration is suggested, visit piedmont.org/itsagirlthing.