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CNE Celebrates National Day of Dance® For Your Health

Care New England welcomes families to the National Day of Dance for Your Health event on Saturday, February 22 at the Warwick Mall from noon to 4 p.m. This event is a program of the Spirit of Women Hospital Network held in 70 communities and attended by more than 70,000 people across the U.S. This year celebrates the 10th Annual National Day of Dance and is the biggest dance party for better health in the United States.

This is the first year Care New England will participate in this nationwide event to create healthier communities. Day of Dance will feature an exciting array of group dance classes including: Line, Zumba, Irish Step, Hip-Hop and more. Physicians from Care New England's cardiology program will also be on hand to provide educational information. Screenings, heart disease education and other important health topics will also be offered.

"Care New England is excited and proud to participate in this nationwide, fun and heart-healthy initiative. We invite you to join with other families in our community as we take a stand against heart disease by dancing to a variety of music for all generations at Day of Dance." said Heather Hurlburt, MD, of Brigham and Women's Cardiovascular Associates at Kent, who is the director of cardiac non-invasive imaging.

Day of Dance educates consumers on a variety of cardiovascular conditions. Additionally, Dr. Hurlburt and other cardiologists will help educate women about the differences in women's heart health, including differing symptoms which commonly can be ignored. Coronary heart disease, which causes heart attacks, is the leading cause of death for Americans. When done on a regular basis as a form of exercise, dancing can burn as many calories as swimming, walking, or riding a bike.

"Day of Dance is a fun, unique program bringing together doctors, community leaders, media, and businesses to teach families about healthy choices that they can easily incorporate into their daily lives. By attending, you will also learn and understand your personal risk factors for heart disease and stroke, all while learning new dance moves and spending time with family and friends," said Tanya Abreu, President and Chief Vision Officer of Spirit of Women.

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and Care New England partners, Butlerand Kent Hospitals, have joined Spirit of Women, an integrated partnership of hospitals and health care facilities across the country that aim to drive health action for women and their families.Spirit of Women enables Women & Infants and Care New England to continue to focus on the specific needs of the community while contributing to the strength of a national network.

As Spirit of Women members, Women & Infants and Care New England will be able to expand upon the patient and consumer education commitment that has been made by Women & Infants Hospital over the last several decades.Because women make up to 85 percent of household health care decisions, the educational and motivational Spirit of Women efforts are expected to positively impact the well-being of the entire family and the community as a whole.

To view the schedule of events for the 2014 National Day of Dance, click here. For information or to become a Spirit of Women member, visit http://www.carenewengland.org/spiritofwomen/index.cfm

The 2014 National Day of Dance is presented by Care New England,the Spirit of Women Hospital Network, Good Housekeeping magazine and The Heart Truth ®campaign.

About Care New England

Care New England, located in Rhode Island, was founded in 1996 by Butler Hospital, Kent Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital. Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island joined the system as a hospital partner in 2013. Care New England is an integrated health care system that offers a continuum of quality care. The system includes primary care and specialty physicians; three teaching hospitals affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Butler, Memorial and Women & Infants; a community hospital, Kent; a visiting nurse and home care agency, the VNA of Care New England; and Care New England Wellness Center. For more information, visit carenewengland.org.

About Spirit of Women

Spirit of Women is a national network of leading hospitals dedicated to improving women's lives with innovative health and community programs. Spirit of Women Hospitals touch the lives of millions of women each year through the presentation of educational events, consumer membership programs, annual conferences, marketing communications and grassroots efforts to improve the health and well-being of women everywhere. Spirit of Women enables participating hospitals to focus on community needs while providing the strength of national support. Visit spiritofwomen.org.

Good Housekeeping magazine—together with the Good Housekeeping Institute and the Good Housekeeping Seal—has become synonymous with the gold standard of quality and integrity. Good Housekeeping was founded in 1885, and maintains a commitment to the modern home and to a woman's quality of life. It publishes 15 editions yearly worldwide, and is an internationally recognized brand that sets the standard to which all other women's service magazines aspire.

The Heart Truth®is a national awareness campaign on women and heart disease sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Heart Truth created and introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wakeup call to American women. The Red Dress® reminds women of the need to protect their heart health, and inspires them to take action.

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