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Large turnout displays community’s growing health interest

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Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2014 8:15 am

The Medical Center Hospital Spirit of Women brought people of different ages and backgrounds together in the name of better health at the 10th annual Day of Dance event on Saturday.

“The most important thing is to provide people with healthcare information, what they need to know to take care of themselves and to take care of their families,” Medical Center community relations coordinator Susan Thornton said.

Spirit of Women has a holistic approach to women’s health by providing services for physical, emotional and spiritual help for its 2,000 members in the Permian Basin area. Around 300 people from Odessa, Monahans, Big Springs and Midland attended.

Among the services offered by the 35 booths at the event were blood sugar and blood pressure screenings and body mass index exams.

“If we can impact one person’s life by providing them with information on signs and symptoms of a stroke, or possibly that they have high blood pressure or high blood sugar and that they need to see advice from their physician, if we can provide just that information, then we have succeeded because we’ve helped someone with some information that they needed to live a healthier life,” Thornton said.

Connie H. Carrasio, 62, suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2012. She said joining the Spirit of Women group two years ago allowed her to have a better understanding of her well-being after going through her health ordeal.

“We need to know about our health,” Carrasio said. “I need to know what else is there out there.”

It wasn’t all just business. Relaxing activities like massages and manicures were offered by Odessa College students. Dance was a major focus at the health event, with several performances by the Love to Dance studio, the Filipino-American Association of the Permian Basin Dancers and The Main Attraction by Tammie Locklear Dance Studio.

There was an energetic atmosphere throughout the event. Attendees cheered as Cade Pence raised Esperanza Valerio during their tango dance performance under the silver disco ball.

Pence and Valerio, both 15, agreed that dance was a fun alternative to get moving and relieve stress.

“It’s a very good way to be healthy. It’s not that hard, you can just express yourself however you want, even if you think you’re not good, you can just go out and do it,” Valerio said. “Even without a class, you can do it at your house, like Zumba, which is kind of like dancing. You’re actually exercising and helping your health instead of just sitting at home.”

Amanda and Anysa Mata were one of several groups of parents and children who attended Day of Dance together. The Matas were coming for the first time and made the event an informative mother-daughter outing.

“We had never been and they said that the kids get out there and dance, so I just thought she would love to do that. It’s been pretty awesome to see her getting engaged in everything,” Amanda Mata said about her 7-year-old daughter. “I was very impressed with the growth of the event. It shows more of the community getting involved.”

The Medical Center Hospital Spirit of Women brought people of different ages and backgrounds together in the name of better health at the 10th annual Day of Dance event on Saturday.

“The most important thing is to provide people with healthcare information, what they need to know to take care of themselves and to take care of their families,” Medical Center community relations coordinator Susan Thornton said.

Spirit of Women has a holistic approach to women’s health by providing services for physical, emotional and spiritual help for its 2,000 members in the Permian Basin area. Around 300 people from Odessa, Monahans, Big Springs and Midland attended.

Among the services offered by the 35 booths at the event were blood sugar and blood pressure screenings and body mass index exams.

“If we can impact one person’s life by providing them with information on signs and symptoms of a stroke, or possibly that they have high blood pressure or high blood sugar and that they need to see advice from their physician, if we can provide just that information, then we have succeeded because we’ve helped someone with some information that they needed to live a healthier life,” Thornton said.

Connie H. Carrasio, 62, suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2012. She said joining the Spirit of Women group two years ago allowed her to have a better understanding of her well-being after going through her health ordeal.

“We need to know about our health,” Carrasio said. “I need to know what else is there out there.”

It wasn’t all just business. Relaxing activities like massages and manicures were offered by Odessa College students. Dance was a major focus at the health event, with several performances by the Love to Dance studio, the Filipino-American Association of the Permian Basin Dancers and The Main Attraction by Tammie Locklear Dance Studio.

There was an energetic atmosphere throughout the event. Attendees cheered as Cade Pence raised Esperanza Valerio during their tango dance performance under the silver disco ball.

Pence and Valerio, both 15, agreed that dance was a fun alternative to get moving and relieve stress.

“It’s a very good way to be healthy. It’s not that hard, you can just express yourself however you want, even if you think you’re not good, you can just go out and do it,” Valerio said. “Even without a class, you can do it at your house, like Zumba, which is kind of like dancing. You’re actually exercising and helping your health instead of just sitting at home.”

Amanda and Anysa Mata were one of several groups of parents and children who attended Day of Dance together. The Matas were coming for the first time and made the event an informative mother-daughter outing.

“We had never been and they said that the kids get out there and dance, so I just thought she would love to do that. It’s been pretty awesome to see her getting engaged in everything,” Amanda Mata said about her 7-year-old daughter. “I was very impressed with the growth of the event. It shows more of the community getting involved.”

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