Healthy-living celebration adds all the right moves

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Dancing will be one way in which those attending the health celebration will be encouraged to move.

Free La Comunidad Hispana event will promote wellness, exercise

So many activities are planned Saturday for ¡Vive tu Vida! Get Up! Get Moving! that it may be difficult to do anything but that.

Sponsored by La Comunidad Hispana, the free event will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Anson B. Nixon Park. Kennett Square is one of 10 communities hosting this national celebration, which is designed to improve health and wellness by promoting family physical activity and good nutrition.

“At La Comunidad Hispana, we encourage families to take an active role to improve their health and we support families making healthy choices,” said Margarita Queralt Mirkil, executive director of LCH. “We believe events such as this one provide the tools that lead to healthy lifestyle changes. Last year’s event was well-received and we expect a great turnout this year.”

Children will have many opportunities for movement at the La Comunidad Hispana event.

The event features tennis clinics by the United States Tennis Association, soccer clinics, Zumba and dance instruction, nutrition and health education, and healthy cooking demonstrations. Free flu shots and health screenings will be available. The screenings include blood pressure, kidney disease and HIV testing.

The elegance of the tango will be demonstrated by the group Argentango, and Danza Tenochtli, a Kennett Square ensemble, will advocate Mexican folklore. Another featured group, Ballet Folklorica Yaretzi, a company of  about 25 dancers aged 8 to 35, bill themselves as the “Ambassadors of Mexican Folklore.” Their performances often include a feat of balance by placing a filled glass on top of their heads while continuing to dance in authentic costumes.

 Participants will be eligible to register for the National Alliance for Hispanic Health’s Buena Salud® Club. The club promotes healthy lifestyles and proves guide books on family health issues. Sponsors include YMCA Brandywine Valley, Christiana Care, Chester County Food Bank, Comcast, Chester County Hospital, 20/10 Solutions, Endo, Exelon, Jennersville Hospital, Coventry Cares, Longwood Gardens, Safeguards Group, Elite Companies Charitable Trust, Fulton Bank, Pegasus Technologies, and the University of Delaware.

La Comunidad Hispana was established in 1973 as a community-based nonprofit organization to empower immigrants and low-income residents in Chester County to stay healthy, build strong families and lead productive, fulfilling lives. LCH is a culturally competent, bilingual, bicultural agency that reflects the community it serves. For more information, go to or call 610-444-7550, ext. 243.

Anson B. Nixon Park is located at 100 Waterworks Drive, Kennett Square.


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