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Burke Rehabilitation Hospital to Offer Free Zumba Classes in January

Released December 12, 2011

WHITE PLAINS, NY – December 12, 2011 – The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital’s Fitness Center is kicking off the New Year with two free Chair Zumba Gold classes in January. The classes are open to Burke Fitness Center members and the general public.

Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that began in 2001 and is now being taught in more than 110,000 locations worldwide. Chair Zumba Gold takes the same beats and moves done in traditional Zumba and modifies them to suit older participants and those who are just starting a fitness regimen. These classes give individuals the opportunity to exercise and have fun dancing while in a seated position. Students learn the basics of cha-cha, salsa, mambo, meringue, bellydance and cumbia. The mix of upper body movements and fancy footwork help increase flexibility in the joints, improve muscle strength and coordination.

“We are constantly striving to serve the needs of all community members by providing wellness programs that may alleviate the effects of chronic conditions and disabilities, and maintain and restore the well-being of the whole person,” said Heather Keeler, Director of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital’s Community Fitness Programs, adding that “after a busy holiday season, these classes can help people recharge and put them on a path to better health.”

The free classes are scheduled from 3–3:45 p.m. on Jan. 4 and 11. All classes are held at the Burke Fitness Center on the main campus of the Hospital in the Billings Building. Pre-registration is required by phone or e-mail. For additional information, please call contact Mia DelGaudio at (914) 597-2805 or via email at In addition to the free Chair Zumba Gold classes, Burke is also offering a free, one-hour Slow-Flow Yoga Class at 6 p.m. on Jan. 10 at The Burke Fitness Center.

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a private, not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation hospital. Founded in 1915, it is the only hospital in Westchester County dedicated solely to rehabilitation medicine. Burke offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for those who have experienced a disabling illness, traumatic injury or joint replacement surgery. Burke is both an acute rehabilitation hospital and medical research center.  Burke’s world renowned doctors and therapists provide state-of-the-art ­treatment, while research scientists explore the frontiers of neurological and pulmonary medicine. All share the Burke mission to ensure that every patient makes the fullest possible recovery from illness or injury regardless of their ability to pay.

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