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Dancing for Heart Health

ZumbathonBy Sarah Cheffy
Assistant Director for Fitness

Over 160 people attended the third annual Zumbathon at UNCG, raising over $1,300 for the Greensboro Chapter of the American Heart Association.

Zumba® is a dance workout that has become popular nationwide. A Zumbathon is a charity event where individuals dance to Latin-inspired music to raise awareness and donations for a local organization. This event event was sponsored by Campus Recreation and Campus Activities and Programs and was open to the students as well as the greater Greensboro community. To date, UNCG has hosted three Zumbathons, raised $5,083, and had over 600 participants.

Each year new students get to either volunteer time for the event or have the opportunity to workout, but more importantly they become invested in a greater cause and learn the importance of heart health.

Caitrin Bellavance, a junior and Campus Recreation employee, particularly enjoyed the “high energy, great music, and enthusiastic participants” that came out “for a night of dancing with the best Zumba instructors in the area.”  The event incorporated Zumba instructors from UNCG as well as from the community.

A few newcomers this year, sophomores Sianai Kotay and Cara Sharpe, both had a wonderful first-year experience.  Each noted they did not know what to expect when they first arrived but decided to attend to support the cause. After the event Cara told us, “It was a great experience and I would definitely do it again!”  She particularly enjoyed the workout and the opportunity to meet new people that she would sometimes see around campus but never have the chance talk to. She particularly liked that Zumbathon was not your traditional way of working out, but was more interactive. Sianai informed us that she loved the opportunity to become more involved with the University and “enjoyed being able to incorporate different dance styles as a form of exercise.”

With healthy hearts on our minds, it is no wonder the Zumbathon has been a hit at UNCG. Planning has already begun for the 2015 Zumbathon.  This event is a great way to start of the new year and helps to share excitement about the upcoming Heart Walk on UNCG’s campus in May.