Healthy Flash Mob Was on the Scene at Erie County Fair

August 16, 2011 Updated Aug 16, 2011 at 11:27 AM EDT

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Healthy Flash Mob Was on the Scene at Erie County Fair

August 16, 2011 Updated Aug 16, 2011 at 11:27 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Do one thing; it’s all it takes.

That was the theme of BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York’s innovative healthy flash mob that performed at the Erie County Fair on Sunday.

Volunteers from all over the community quietly joined forces to learn a choreographed routine, full of stunts and high energy moves, that communicated a healthier lifestyle starts with one ‘thing’ at a time.

The healthy flash mob danced to original music sung by local legends -- Lance Diamond and Nikki Hicks. Watch and listen to it here: http://tinyurl.com/HealthyChangesEverythingVideo.

The stunt began with one dancer who was quickly joined by others. Within seconds, more than 100 dancers and community volunteers began to shake, shimmy, hula hoop, twirl and boogie their way to delivering a simple truth: healthy changes everything. The theme has become a local anthem for breaking down the barriers often faced by people interested in improving their health.

“You don’t have to go to the gym five days a week to live a healthier life,” said Gretchen Fierle, chief communications officer, BlueCross BlueShield. “Improving your health can begin by getting more sleep, laughing with neighbors, playing fetch with your dog, or dancing with your friends. Our healthy flash mob is a perfect example of how one healthy action can lead to a healthy movement for both individuals and the community as a whole.”

The healthy flash performed three times at the Erie County Fair on Sunday, August 14. The stunt was part of a larger initiative by BlueCross BlueShield to create a healthier community.