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Feb 25, 2011

Zumba® is an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, calorie-burning, Latin-inspired, downright-addictive dance- fitness-party™, that blends red-hot international music, created by Grammy Award-winning producers, with contagious moves. Since its inception in 2001, Zumba Fitness -- created by "happy accident" by Alberto "Beto" Perez -- has grown to become the world’s largest and most successful dance-fitness program, with more than 10 million people of all shapes, sizes and ages taking Zumba classes in 90,000-plus in 110-plus countries. In today’s special radio show, you’re invited to find out how to "Party Hearty" at a Zumbathon in your area. By this, I mean, attend a special Zumbathon and at the same time donate money to the American Heart Association (AHA), whose mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. So far, more than 400+ Zumbathons nationwide have been held. For this show, you will hear from Shahidah Ansari, an official Zumba® Jammer and teacher and co-host of the Zumbathon in New York City on Feb. 27; Tanya Beardsley, an Education Specialist for Zumba and Co-Host of the 2008 Zumba video series and a major Zumba activist; Zumba teacher Richard Martinez; and American Heart Association representative Luz Marina Prieto-Sanchez, M.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. She also practices at the Diabetes Research Institute’s Eleanor and Joseph Kosow Diabetes Treatment Center. The New York City benefit for the AHA is honoring Bonnie Appelbaum, who was diagnosed with heart disease seven years ago, underwent a bypass surgery and had a full recovery. To find a Zumbathon to benefit the AHA, go to Our next guest is Donald Altman, M.A., a psychotherapist, former Buddhist monk, and author of "The Mindfulness Code," named one of the the "Best Spiritual Books of 2010."