HCA Day of Dance

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, but it doesn't have to be. Many deaths could be prevented. HCA Virginia is offering a fun way to a healthy heart; a Day of Dance.

The dance classes are very popular at American family fitness, but this weekend their not trying to sharpen your dance skills, they are to get your heart pumping.

One instructor says one hour of dance is like running three miles and you can burn about 400-600 calories on average.

25 locations across the Richmond area will open their doors on Saturday, February 25 for HCA Virginia's Day of Dance.

Men, women and children can discover how much fun dance can be and how much it can actually help your overall health.

Nurses and physicians will staff each location, offering free blood pressure and glucose screenings. They'll also measure your body mass index and explain what your numbers mean to you.

People who use dance for exercise are more likely to stick with the program.

This event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free to the public.

Copyright 2012 WWBT NBC12.  All rights reserved.