“Baby, I’m worth it! Uh huh, I’m worth it!” Sounds of Fifth Harmony’s up-tempo song blared through the speakers at Klyde Warren Park early Saturday morning at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’s Live! In the Park Health and Wellness Fair.
Under an overcast sky, instructors from Gold’s Gym led a free SH’BAM class on the park lawn, and it didn’t take long for people of all ages to join in. Mothers danced with their toddlers, while teenagers paused for selfies in between dance moves.
“I like it because it’s free and it brings the community together. You also get to enjoy beautiful downtown Dallas,” says Dew, who described her first SH’BAM experience as “too much fun!”
After the SH’BAM class wrapped up, she didn’t have much time to catch her breath. The Energy in Action Boot Camp, presented by Energy Future Holdings and its family of companies, including Luminant and TXU Energy, was next on the schedule.
“Just seeing people out there, a bunch of strangers getting together and exercising, is always fun!” said Gabriel Vazquez, TXU Energy Vice President and Chief Legal Officer.
Exercise classes, healthy eating challenges, and fitness competitions were all on the agenda for this sixth Unite for Change event, presented by Texas Instruments, in partnership with Cigna and Energy Future Holdings and its family of companies, including Luminant and TXU Energy. Each corporation and a number of other organizations were featured at 20 booths, where volunteers conducted blood pressure screenings, handed out hygiene kits and set up healthy activities for families.
“We at United Way are focused on building a strong and healthy community, and today is a celebration of health and wellness,” said Jennifer Sampson, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas President and CEO. “A lot of parents have brought their kids. My son is out here running around. It’s a great day for families.”
“We’re having a blast,” said Amber Halloran of her husband Jeff and young sons, Luke and Noah. Keeping her two- and four-year-old boys healthy is all about keeping them moving, she said.
“We just try to keep them active, playing outside as much as possible. We go to the park a lot. The more I can get them out of the house the better it is for all of us,” she explained.
Moving was also the motivation for families competing in the Cigna Healthy Eating Challenge. Three teams were selected to mix healthy smoothies using blender bikes.
“I look forward to seeing what they come up with. It’s all about creativity, taste and color, and I am sure all of them will be winners when we are done,” predicted Gene Dours, Cigna Vice President of Client Management and one of the judges for the competition.
While April showers cut the smoothie competition short, the weather didn’t damper the evening’s events, capped off by a free concert from North Texas native and NBC’s “The Voice” Season 7 winner, Craig Wayne Boyd.
“My husband and I are fans of the show and we loved watching him rise to stardom,” said Ellen Barker, Texas Instruments Vice President and CIO. “The evening has been so much fun.”