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Take part in fitness celebration at Chavis Park

Posted July 19, 2010

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— Obesity is a serious health concern for children. According to the 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, an estimated 17 percent of children ages 2-19 years are obese.

Dancing in the Park, a fitness dance celebration at Chavis Community Center in Raleigh, is trying to reduce those numbers. Southeast Raleigh Assembly Inc. started the eight-week fitness series to reduce cardio-vascular disease and obesity.

“I thought it was important that we come up with some kind of creative way of getting people to exercise,” David Brown with Southeast Raleigh Assembly said. “It's a jump start and I'm glad to see children involved.”

Kendra Arnold took her mother, Edna Hinton, to the dance celebration so they could get fit together.

“I'm pretty much a couch potato, and I always talk about losing weight, and I don't do anything about it. And when she (Kendra) found out about this, she came home and tossed the flier at me and said, 'You are going to this,'” Hinton said.

The mother and daughter fitness team sees Dancing in the Park as a bonding experience, with long-lasting health benefits.

Obese people are at higher risk for health problems associated with cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes.

Helping people maintain a healthy weight helps not only the individual, but the community as a whole.

“It reduces the burden on the state, reduces insurance claims to the insurance industry, and people have more productive, healthy lifestyles,” Brown said.

Dancing in the Park will be held at Chavis Park at 505 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. for the next seven Mondays. It is free and open to the public.


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  • kshtay1 Jul 27, 2010

    I had a wonderful time at Chavis Park yesterday. I didn't make the very 1st Monday, but I will not miss another Monday. Tina was awesome, she is very funny and a wonderful instructor. The DJ was excellent on the 1's & 2's. If you have not attended this wonderful event, I suggest you be there next Monday. You will not regret it! No need to worry about water... they got you covered! This is so what I've been wanting & needing in my life. What a brilliant idea!!!

  • ScheNoe Jul 23, 2010

    I live in the Chavis Park area. We bought our home there!! This MUGU person must not have been to our area in quite sometime! I saw the event on Monday and now that I know whats going on we will be there!!

  • debnamdavis Jul 22, 2010

    Good & positive...Chavis has came a long way from the way it was in the past. Its great the community can come together for a good cause. Thats whats up...Chavis is a product of transition of the homes/people/community. Mugu I thought the same way at one point until I went and looked for myself. I didnt judge it on the bad name it had in its past. In every community you have those type people, some more visual than others but dont knock it until you try it. Support a good cause everyone & not point the finger and down communities. We are the ones to make it fun, enjoyable and a turnaround effect.

  • d9thchild Jul 21, 2010

    Loved it! I was there Monday and had a great time. The instructor was easy to follow and had tons of energy. The energy of the people made me want to work 10X harder. I plan on going for the next several weeks. It's hot so bring plenty of H20. To neetieneet you are funny and to Mugu I think you should give it a try; It's really fun.

  • neetieneet Jul 21, 2010

    Mugu, sounds like you have a "weight" problem that physical excercise can't help you relieve anyway. You need to get some help for that ASAP.

  • Mugu Jul 20, 2010

    I would never go to Chavis as it is a haven for drug dealers, prostitutes and vagrants. This place is unsafe and poorly maintained.