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Physical activity offers a variety of benefits to reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and for the first time, researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine are evaluating the effectiveness of popular Latin-based exercise Zumba Fitness as part of a new clinical trial.
The second goal is to determine if waist girth, blood pressure, fasting blood glucose and triglycerides decrease and HDL cholesterol improves after three months of Zumba and pedometer assisted walking.
“We are thrilled to conduct the first research study involving Zumba Fitness. Exercise has to be fun and sometimes culturally relevant for optimal results,” said Happy Araneta, PhD, associate professor at the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine.
The three month trial is currently recruiting participants, who will be screened over the phone and evaluated during a clinic visit for eligibility.
“We are particularly interested in enrolling Latina women to determine if adherence to physical activity is improved when a culturally relevant activity like Zumba - based on Latin and Caribbean music and dance - is offered,” said Araneta.
If eligible, participants will complete dietary and lifestyle questionnaires, be randomly assigned to either the Zumba Fitness or pedometer-guided walking group and will have blood drawn at the beginning and end of the study to measure glucose, triglycerides and HDL cholesterol.
For more information on the Zumba Fitness Clinical Trial, please call 858-534-8113 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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