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Local Dancing School Sponsors Obama’s Initiative “Let’s Move” With Free Dance Classes This Summer
July 28, 2012
Monica’s School of Dance of Lee’s Summit is hosting free dance classes
to area school age students as part of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” Initiative.
Classes are held twice a week for an hour at her studio.
For many of the participants this is the first time they have
had an opportunity to take a dance class.
The “Let’s Move” initiative is dedicated to fighting childhood obesity and educating children about the importance of exercise and eating right to obtain good health. As a dance teacher for over 30 years, Monica Renwick knows firsthand the importance of educating children on healthy habits like exercise and good nutrition. Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled. As a result, one- third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Other illness such as high blood pressure and heart disease will increase as will the costs of health care if we neglect to become involved with this problem.
The “Let’s Move” initiative gives children an avenue to avoid many of these issues by learning the life skills of exercise and good eating habits. One avenue of involvement is dancing. Dancing is a fun, aerobic form of exercise that children enjoy. It is a positive activity for the body and mind.
Lee’s Summit City Council voted to become a “Let’s Move City” along with neighboring cities and towns of Blue Springs, Independence, Kansas City and Gladstone.
The free program began July 10th and runs through August 2nd. Classes are held those weeks on Wednesday and Thursday nights from 4:00 – 5:00. During the first week there were 100 students who participated.
On August 2nd, the last day of class, the students will perform their dance for Parents, Relatives and VIPs at a celebration at 4:00 at Monica’s studio. Students will be given a free medal and t-shirt.
Those elected leaders who have confirmed their attendance are: Lee’s Summit Mayor Rhoads and Councilmembers Gray and Binney. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp, and Jackson County Legislator Theresa Garza Ruiz.
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