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Jonathan Van Ness Surprises Times Square Zumba Class Promoting Importance of World Mental Health Day

Jonathan Van Ness Surprises Times Square Zumba Class Promoting Importance of World Mental Health Day

Yesterday in Times Square to honor the importance of World Mental Health Day, “Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness is teamed up with Zumba Fitness, the world’s largest dance fitness brand, to reinforce the message of taking some “me time,” and get moving to add a dose of happiness in your life.  

“Mental Health Day is such such an important day. Anytime we can talk about normalizing mental health care and maintaining our mental health and sustaining our mental health, and being active, it’s such a direct correlation to feeling good,” stated the television star.

Continuing he added, “I think we really need to focus on the impacts of the silence and the stigmatization of mental health….every single economic status and every single race, every single gender – mental health impacts us and touches us all, no matter what. “

The advocate expressed his message of caring for yourself, both physically and emotionally, during the fun class with 50 attendees.

World Mental Health Day on October 10 is an international day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. First celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, it is a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries.

Zumba, known as “exercise in disguise,” blends contagious world rhythms with easy to follow choreography for a total body workout that feels more like a dance party and is a fun way to get moving.  But Zumba is not just about losing weight – it affects you physically and mentally — bringing happiness and joy into your life.

For more information about Zumba’s programs and products, or to find a live class, visit

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ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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