Office for Children Participates in National Dance Day

2nd screenshot from video of children dancing

screenshot from video of children dancing

3rd screenshot from video of children dancing

The Office for Children recently joined others around the world in dancing their way to good health. Nuclear physicists in Switzerland, deaf hip hoppers in Singapore, adults in assisted living facilities, surprised wedding guests, and thousands of other "movers and shakers" participated in National Dance Day 2011.

Last year National Dance Day was launched by Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer and judge of the TV show "So You Think You Can Dance." Recognized by congress after a resolution introduced by DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Nortorn, National Dance Day is held annually to promote dance as a fun way for people of all ages to reduce the risk of heart disease and combat obesity while having fun.

The Office for Children helps prevent childhood obesity through its work with the local child care community. This includes providing courses and workshops, and administering the USDA Food Program for child care professionals.

"The Office for Children encourages child care professionals to offer children nutritious meals and snacks, along with providing opportunities for both indoor and outdoor activities that allow children to get up and move," says Office for Children Director Anne-Marie Twohie. "By participating in National Dance Day, children enrolled in child care programs had a fun and healthy experience."

National Dance Day participants were encouraged to videotape their activities and post them online. The Office for Children's three-minute video features children enrolled in the School Age Child Care program and the Employees Child Care Center, and Office for Children staff. The video can be viewed on the Office for Children's Facebook page.

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