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Culturally Sensitive Physical Activity

African-Americans suffer from more lifestyle diseases than other races in the United States due to unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise. Recent studies suggest that a culturally sensitive form of physical activity, such as African  Dance, may be effective for promoting weight loss in a population at  increased risk for obesity and chronic disease. 

 

What's the Link Between Physical Activity and Health?

Even with risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol,  people who enjoy regular physical activity have lower death rates than  people who have no risk factors but who aren't physically active. What's  more, people with heart disease who are physically fit live longer and  have fewer heart attacks than heart patients who aren't physically fit. The facts are clear:  Regular physical activity benefits people who have heart disease as well  as those who don't.

Regular physical activity helps:

  • Lower blood pressure.
  • Decrease LDL "bad" cholesterol in your blood.
  • Improve blood sugar.
  • Reduce feelings of stress.
  • Control body weight.
  • Improve quality of sleep and reduce the time it takes to fall asleep.
  • Improve memory and reduce the risk of dementia and depression.
  • Make you feel good about yourself.

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