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Don't count on dance class to give your kid a workout, study warns
Don't count on dance class to give your kid a workout, study warns

Only 8% of kids enrolled in after-school dance programs got enough exercise during class to meet federal guidelines for moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, a new study finds. Even worse, only 6% of adolescents got the recommended 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise during their dance classes, the study says. Researchers put accelerometers around the waists of 264 girls in San Diego who took beginning or intermediate classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and other types of dance. The devices recorded how much time the girls spent in motion and how brisk that motion was. It turned out that none of the seven dance genres tested could be counted on to provide 30 minutes of...

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