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TV stars back campaign to improve health through dance

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Dance stars including Arlene Phillips, Capital Radio’s Lisa Snowdon and Strictly Come Dancing pro Darren Bennett joined Public Health Minister Gillian Merron to launch their campaign to get 100,000 people more active through dance in the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games.

The Department of Health’s Dance Champions Group will embark on a nationwide tour to get the country dancing, including free mass-participation ‘dance-celebration’ events and free taster dance sessions for people who aren’t active.

Public Health Minister Gillian Merron said “Our Dance Champions are some of the best known and leading talents of the dance world, but you don’t have to be a professional to enjoy dancing and feel the positive effect it can have on your health.

“People of all ages and abilities can get active to music and have a lot of fun too.”

Arlene Phillips, former Strictly Come Dancing judge, said “We want to start a revolution to get the nation on their feet and onto the dance floor!

“Dancing is a great way to get fit and healthy and the Dance Champions want to get everyone involved. It doesn’t matter whether you’re young or old or if you’ve never danced before - we’ll be touring the country to give everyone a chance to get dancing.”

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