Catch the rhythm: Study promotes dance as exercise

By Katherine Dempsey

BAILA, Spanish for “dance”, is also the name of a research program that revs up that cha cha cha as an exercise regimen. Several sites across the Chicago area, like the church and the senior center in this story, host the study. The study is investigating whether dancing regularly works better than attending health education classes at encouraging older Latinos to get physical activity. David Marquez, associate professor of kinesiology and nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is heading up the study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Catch the rhythm in this video.  Since data collection began in 2013, four sites have completed the study over eight months, and four other sites are still going through the program. Right now, Marquez’s team is gathering people to participate in the study at a ninth site.