Humpday Health: Get your groove on at Dancin’ In The Park

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Attendees learn dance moves at Portia Hines Park (Photo: NHRMC Health Equity/Facebook)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There’s a new health program getting people movin’ in the Northside community of Wilmington.

“We’re just out here having fun, getting the community engaged, and getting them active,” said Marissa Bryant, who is part of New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Health Equity Project.

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The YMCA is partnering with NHRMC to bring the beat to the Northside. Dancin’ In The Park is all about promoting physical activity and healthy living.

“Dancing is fun. It’s a fun way to get engaged and even though you’re only out here for an hour or so each week, it’s a way to make it a habit,” Bryant said.

There are lots of different dance styles that you can learn if you come out.



“We’ll have YMCA instructors out every week, teaching Zumba, line dancing, hip-hop. It’s for all ages, all fitness abilities and we just really want to encourage and promote health and wellness,” said Marjorie Lanier, the YMCA’s community health initiatives coordinator.

The eight week program is part of NHRMC’s Health Equity Project, a growing effort to help people in the Northside Community. And what could be better than an opportunity for some free exercise?

“We know that when people feel better, they do better in every other aspect of their life, so it carries over into their work, their school, their community, so we just want to encourage everyone to come out and have fun with it and come out for free physical activity each Saturday,” Lanier said.

Dancin’ In The Park will be held every Saturday at Portia Hines Park from 10 to 11 a.m. through May 5th.