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June Healthy Woman encourages exercise opportunities

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Zumba instructor Sara Jo Ferguson prepares the women assembled at June's Healthy Woman event for a 45-minute Zumba session. The event, held in the DHS gym, was designed to encourage local residents to get moving.
Local residents attending Dyersburg Regional Medical Center's June Healthy Woman event "Danced the Pounds Away" with a free Zumba lesson.

"We put on this program to help promote health and wellness," said DRMC Marketing Director Melissa Caldwell. "(We want our members to) get up and move more and to see that exercise is fun."

The event, which took place at 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 30 in the Dyersburg High School gym, did its best to beat the climbing temperatures outside the building. But it wasn't long before Sara Jo Ferguson of the YMCA had introduced participants to the heat of the Latin-inspired dance fitness program.

Ferguson gave a short introduction, breaking down the more complicated Zumba movements. Then the music began and Ferguson encouraged Healthy Woman members to kick up their heels and have fun.

Dr. Randy Olson of Restoration Orthopedics gives a short presentation on carpal tunnel and trigger finger.
"I had a couple of ladies tell me they don't really enjoy exercise programs, but they like to dance," said Caldwell. "That is why I offered Zumba. Basically, I want to help people grasp that they can choose (a variety of) activities where they are moving more. (Exercise doesn't have to be as) boring as running on a treadmill or doing multiple sit-ups."

Residents attending ranged in age from their 30s to their 60s.

"Everyone can do it, it's not just for the 20-year-olds," said Caldwell. "We had fun. We had a lot of fun. We had a great turnout and everyone had a great time."

The June event also included a presentation by DRMC's newest orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Randy Olson of Restoration Orthopedics. Olson, who specializes in hand, arm and shoulder care, provided Healthy Woman members with information on trigger finger and carpel tunnel syndrome.

The couple that Zumbas together, stays together. Melissa Caldwell, the new director of marketing at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center, and husband Jason Caldwell enjoy their Zumba session.
Dr. Randy Olson answers one-on-one orthopedic questions for Healthy Woman members.
"It went really well," said Caldwell. "Dr. Olson spoke for about 15 minutes and then did a question-and-answer session."

The next Healthy Woman meeting is planned for the end of August. Caldwell is still putting the finishing touches on the event and reminds residents and Healthy Woman members to keep an eye out for their invitations in the coming weeks.

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