Dancing at the Adult Down Syndrome Center
The Adult Down Syndrome Center on the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital campus is primarily a medical office. But did you know the Center also offers a wide variety of social activities and programs to encourage adolescents and adults to prioritize their health? This includes dance!
The Zumba Fitness program at the Center started in 2013. Today, classes for adults with Down syndrome are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays for one hour. They are led by a certified Zumba instructor from the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Fitness Center.
The program offers 45 minutes for dancing and 15 minutes for eating a healthy snack and socializing with others. The classes give participants the opportunity to be active, learn tips for healthy eating, and practice social skills in a safe, supportive, and fun environment. Dancing ability and experience levels are not a barrier to participating in Zumba. Participants engage with the class differently and bring their own signature dance moves to the class. Check them out!
About the Author
Caitlin Ruiz, health enews contributor, is a social media manager at Advocate Health Care in Downers Grove. She earned her BA in broadcast journalism from Columbia College Chicago. When she isn't Facebooking, Instagramming or Tweeting, Caitlin enjoys producing videos, watching scary movies and attending as many Chicago Blackhawks games and country concerts as she can.