AKAs promote physical fitness with Zumba party
Greeks know how to throw a party – a Zumba party, that is.Friday January 17, the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha hosted a Zumba party in the UALR Donaghey Student Center. Beta Chi Omega of UALR, Epsilon Phi of UALR and the Gamma Alpha chapter of Philander Smith College held the event to promote healthy living.
Nina Williams, Chairwoman of the sorority’s Health Committee, helped organize the event, saying that they were “representing exercise in women.”
Zumba, a type of aerobic exercise, has rapidly gained popularity in the past several years. Latin-American styles of dance are danced to like music.
The event cost $5 to attend. All of the proceeds will be donated to four of the sorority’s health partners: the American Diabetes
Association, the American Heart Association, the National Kidney Fund and the National Cancer Society.
The sisters wanted to show that living healthy can be fun. “We want to encourage
our sisters but also friends and the community,” said Williams. “It’s a lot of hip hop and salsa type dancing.”
The sisters wanted to hold an event to promote physical fitness, especially after all of
the indulgence of the holidays.
“Dance is good exercise. Zumba makes you shake your hips and move around. It’s cardio, which relates to our affiliation to the
American Heart Association. Exercise can help decrease your cholesterol, blood pressure and lose weight, which also ties back to the American Diabetes Association,” Williams explained.
Beta Chi Omega is not new to promoting healthy living in their community. In February, they will host their second annual Heart Brunch in affiliation with the American Heart Association. They also participate in events such as the Diabetes Walk, the Air Climb with the National Lung Society, along with holding health fairs.
Beta Chi Omega came up with the idea after observing the rising popularity of Zumba. The Zumba party appeared to have been a success. Just as Williams said, “Everybody loves dancing.”