Paras Bliss Hospital for Mother & Child, Panchkula, organized a fun-filled Zumba Session for school children as a part of their pediatric fitness awareness program. The complimentary session took place at the hospital premises on the evening of August 27th, and saw a participation of over 70 children between 4 and 10 years.
Underscoring the significance of the event, Dr Neha Gill, Senior Physiotherapist, Paras Bliss Hospital, Panckula, said, “Zumba is an amazing dance-fitness technique that involves aerobic movements to vibrant Latin music. A Zumba session can be a highly effective weight-control measure for kids, particularly because it has a fun element to it. As a leading healthcare institution delivering specialized care for mothers and their children, we facilitate a range of value-added activities to support their well-being. The aim of the session organized today was to ensure that school-going children enjoy exercise in an engaging atmosphere.”
The session was attended by renowned fitness experts in town and was thoroughly enjoyed by the participating children. Refreshments and attractive gifts were given to all the participating children after the session was over.
“Estimates suggest over 15 million children are obese worldwide, with the likelihood of 50-70% of children growing into obese adults. Hence, it is important that parents look at fitness-related entertainment avenues, rather than those that involve food and static activity. Exercise, in any form, facilitates physical and cognitive growth and also infuses a sense of emotional maturity. The ‘zumbatic’ evening that we witnessed here today was just a tiny step in the direction of the larger goal of a fit nation, that can produce more gymnasts like Dipa Karmakar in the near future,” added Dr. Krishan Yadav, HOD, Neonatology.
Zumba, a fitness program combining dance and exercise, originates from Columbia. It does not require previous dance experience and can be practiced by all age groups. This first-of-its-kind community initiative organized by Paras Bliss Hospital was well-received by parents and children alike. It can be used as a tool to promote fitness awareness as a part of a healthy lifestyle, especially for children.