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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 19, 2013
Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Diana Yu at (360) 867-2501

Sizzling Summer Saturdays with Free Zumba in the Park Dances

If the summer sun isn't enough to get you up and moving, add some sizzle and spice with Zumba in the Park flash mob dances in Lacey each Saturday in July in August. The free dances are sponsored by the county health department's 7-5-2-1-0 Power in Numbers campaign.

"You don't need a partner, you don't need experience, you don't need to do anything except let the music get you moving," said Dr. Diana Yu, Health Officer for Thurston County and Latin dance aficionado. "We're doing Zumba in the Park to show everyone, no matter your age or ability, that getting an hour of exercise each day can be easy and a whole lot of fun."

Zumba in the Park will be at Rainier Vista Park in Lacey each Saturday through August 31 from 1:30 - 3 pm. No previous dance experience is needed, and children and adults of all ages and abilities are invited to participate. Dances will be lead by certified local Zumba instructors who are volunteering their time.

The dances are part of the county's 7-5-2-1-0 Power in Numbers campaign to encourage families to follow some simple steps based on the numbers to stay healthy and prevent chronic illness:

7 - Eat breakfast every day, 7 days a week.
5 - Eat fruits and vegetables 5 or more times daily.
2 - Limit screen time unrelated to school to 2 hours or less daily.
1 - Get 1 hour or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.
0 - Drink less sugar. Try water and low-fat milk instead of sugar-sweetened drinks.

The county's 7-5-2-1-0 Power in Numbers program is part of a nationwide movement to combat childhood obesity. Local programs like 7-5-2-1-0 Power in Numbers and the national www.letsmove.gov campaign, sponsored by First Lady Michelle Obama, encourage healthy lifestyle and food choices along with more physical activity for children.

For more information about the free Zumba dances each Saturday this summer, visit www.75210.org and click on "Events and Announcements." You can find the county's 7-5-2-1-0 Power in Numbers campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/75210.org. You can also view more Facebook comments and photos from Zumba in the Park dances earlier this summer at several parks in Olympia at www.facebook.com/ZumbaintheParkOlympiaLacey.

WHAT: Zumba in the Park - Free Zumba flash mob dances for all ages

Saturdays 1:30 - 3 p.m., July 20 through August 31

WHERE: Gazebo at Rainier Vista Park at 5475 45th Avenue SE in Lacey



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3