Asprec (2010) Dancing for Health

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Norlyn Asprec. Dancing for Health. In: Amy Shimshon-Santo, ed. Arts = Education: Connecting Learning Communities in Los Angeles. 1st ed. Center for Learning Through Arts and Technology - University of California, Irvine; 2010: pp 76-83.


Childhood obesity has become a growing public health issue in the United States and is considered to be the most threatening disease in the country. Recently, First Lady Michelle Obama acknowledged the gravity of the problem by establishing the national Let’s Move
campaign to combat childhood obesity. There is controversy about characterizing obesity either as a disease or a serious health concern. I choose to refer to obesity as a disease, because it significantly impairs health and proper body functioning. There are several
health risks and conditions associated with obesity, such as Type II diabetes, stroke, hypertension, and some cancers. The most recent estimates attribute 3.2 percent of all new cancers - 14 percent of cancer deaths in men and 20 percent in women - to obesity (National Cancer Institute 2008). Obesity also has economic consequences since the costs of obesity treatments affect United States healthcare spending. In 2004, the estimated health care costs related to overweight and obese categories range from $98 billion to $129 billion (Partnership for Prevention 2008). Childhood obesity can be prevented, but unfortunately there has been a lack of coordinated interventions. In order to develop effective solutions, partnerships between the federal, state, and local governments and community need to be
created. This article expands on the strengths of community action and dance education for health in confronting childhood obesity in urban communities.


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