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Families Activas y Saludables/Families Active and Healthy (FAH) Keeping Our Zumba Momentum Going –Part 2

From a suggestion by a parent group that exercising needs to be interactive, engaging, and user-friendly, not to discount the fun aspect, the bud of the idea of hosting a group with an instructor who is from the community, the Zumba group started at PROCEED. The first beginnings were a few participants only per class. Since the first beginnings, we have been able to garner the commitment from a group of women who are regulars at these Zumba sessions.

During the month of November 10 sessions, an hour each, was hosted at PROCEED’ Kellogg Multi-cultural Family Success Center that was attended by the community residents regularly. It is great to observe and hear about the little increment changes that each participant is implementing in their daily lives. The Project Director can safely state that the participants have cut down on their sugar intake…how can we make this projection? The participants requested that if we are to offer snacks, post-Zumba, sessions, these snacks be water/Gatorade, fruits, and granola bars. The group suggested a medley of nuts as a great snacking solution alongside fresh fruits. To keep the level of interaction high, during the month of December, at the end of every class, there will be a debriefing session with participants. It is requested that each participant come prepared to share a healthy eating idea they like or is currently implementing in their own lives with the group. It is expected that with group-sharing, the participants will start imbibing the best of the advice offered. After all, the advice will have to be sustainable to be effective.

The program is supported by funding from Atlantic Health System as part of the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network.

About the Grantee

PROCEED Inc.

PROCEED's mission is to provide and connect people to educational, health and human services; and enhance the capacity of individuals and organizations to offer quality programs and services to their communities locally in NJ, and throughout the United States and its territories.