April 02, 2013

NICHQ Participates in Boston Moves for Health's First-Ever Flash Mob to Promote National Walking Day

Source: BPHC

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NICHQ staff (pictured above) joined nearly 200 people in the walk from the Greenway to City Hall Plaza on April 2 to promote Boston Moves for Health. Credit: Boston Moves for Health.

The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) and Harbor Health Services teamed up on April 2 to hold a community walk and flash mob Zumba workout in celebration of National Public Health Week and to promote National Walking Day tomorrow. Nearly 200 participants from various local organizations turned out this afternoon to walk from the Greenway to City Hall Plaza, with attendees breaking into a flash mob Zumba routine when they reached City Hall.

The celebration featured representatives from over a dozen organizations, including Harbor Health Services, the Mass League of Community Health Centers, the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ), the South End Community Health Center, Health Care for All, Z-Spot Zumba, and more. Lena Andrade, owner and director of the Z-Spot Zumba studio in the South End, led the flash mob routine.

The event also capped off a month-long workplace wellness competition called “Race to the Beach” that BPHC organized as part of Boston Moves for Health. Dozens of local companies and organizations took part in the challenge to virtually walk or run the 1,500 miles from Boston to sunny Miami. Several Race to the Beach teams took part in today’s event.

While there were no official winners of the workplace wellness challenge, a couple of standout performers made their mark on the competition. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, a major sponsor of Boston Moves for Health, had over 500 of its employees participate in the race. NICHQ, meanwhile, registered a one hundred percent participation rate among its nearly 60 employees.

For more photos of the celebration and flash mob, visit the BPHC Facebook page.

NICHQ would like to extend a special thanks to Anne McHugh, a member of NICHQ's Obesity National Advisory Council and the Director of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Division at the Boston Public Health Commission.