SFU’s bhangra study needs postmenopausal dancing women

Published: July 8, 2014
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Bhangra-dancing women are part of a health study taking place at North Surrey Recreation Centre. (PHOTO: SFU)

SURREY NOW

SURREY — Postmenopausal South Asian women are needed for a study on the impact of bhangra dancing on their health.

Researchers at Simon Fraser University are studying the relationship between the dance style and certain women who get into the groove.

To date, 50 women have completed, or are currently completing, study sessions, and researchers are looking for more women to participate.The majority of participants are long-term, stay-at-home moms and housewives recruited from the Surrey area.

The so-called South Asian Exercise Trial – online at Coheart.ca/projects/saet – is focusing on how exercise affects body fat and cardiovascular health, according to SFU PhD candidate Iris Lesser. Women who have completed the program say it is also having mentally positive effects, Lesser added.

She is hoping to draw another 15 participants to join the last of three 12-week sessions, starting in mid-August at North Surrey Recreation Centre, a partner in the study. The women need to be inactive, without diabetes or heart disease, and with a waist size greater than 80 centimetres.

Fitness instructor Mandeep Patrola leads the women through 60-minute sessions three times a week.

“The women are providing key data for the SFU study, and learning that while exercise is important, it can also be fun,” Patrola said.”I’m already seeing a difference in these women.”

The study is one of several underway by SFU’s Community Health Research Team, dubbed CoHeaRT.Study results from the SAET are expected by the year’s end.To participate in the final study session, contact Lesser at 778-782-7748 or iris.lesser@sfu.ca.

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