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‘Dancewalk’ through city hailed a success

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Men and women of all ages “dancewalked” their way through the City of Hamilton yesterday.

The event to celebrate Move for Health Day was such a success that the Department of Health is considering making it an annual fixture.

“We had a blast,” Health Promotion Co-ordinator Virloy Lewin told The Royal Gazette

“Everyone was smiling and laughing and singing, even those who we passed along the way on the sidewalks and in vehicles.”

According to Dr Lewin, about 50 people “dancewalked” the whole route, which took participants along Church Street, Court Street, Front Street, Queen Street, Reid Street, Burnaby Street and back on to Church Street.

Another 20 people joined and left along the way, with many joining in on the fun during the line-dancing stops.

“We had men and women of all ages,” Dr Virloy said, adding that “the weather was perfect for the event” and the distance was appropriate.

For a first time, the event turnout was “pretty good”, Dr Lewin said.

“We plan to make it an annual event based on some of the informal feedback we've received thus far.”

Healthy and happy: residents dancewalked through the City of Hamilton to mark Move for Health Day (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Move for Health Day: town crier Ed Christopher was among the participants in yesterday's dancewalk (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
All smiles: some of the dancewalkers during the route (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Motivating speech: town crier Ed Christopher keeps the crowd entertained during the dancewalk (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Got the moves: dancewalkers strut their stuff yesterday in celebration for Move for Health Day (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Feeling the beat: the dancewalk group make their way up Reid Street (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Fun in the sun: about 50 people took part in the dancewalk, with another 20 joining in along the way (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published May 11, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated May 11, 2016 at 7:23 am)

‘Dancewalk’ through city hailed a success

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