Dance Pizazz Shares Four Tips on How to Help a Child Develop Healthy Habits Through Dance

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Dance Pizazz recognizes the dangers in childhood obesity and wants to continue helping children develop healthy lifestyle habits through ballroom dancing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced that a third of American children and teens are obese. Obesity is no joke, but being obese this early in life can have devastating effects on a youth’s current and future health. Dance Pizazz, St. Louis’ funnest, friendliest ballroom dance studio, recognizes the dangers of childhood obesity and wants to continue helping children develop healthy lifestyle habits through dancing. (For a great example on how to get started with these habits, check out Bergie’s Dance Progress Checks at http://www.dance-pizazz.com)

Because dancing is an excellent form of exercise it can help any child and teen:

1. Offset cardiovascular disease: the aerobic aspects of dancing can help any youth get a simple and healthy cardio workout. Doing this regularly can dramatically decrease a child’s likelihood to develop cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.

2. Reduce their chances of developing pre-diabetes and/or diabetes. It’s a fact: diabetes is a chronic illness. If left untreated, it can eventually affect a person's sight, hearing, and even mental health, among other issues. Blood glucose imbalances usually develop due to a poor diet and a lack of exercise; ballroom dancing can definitely be a part of the latter half of this preventative equation.

3. Decrease a child’s chances to develop other health issues: Obese youth are also at risk for a host of other lifestyle-altering health issues, such as bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and even cancer and kidney disease. Regular exercise, such as ballroom dancing, can have a definite impact on decreasing the likelihood of a child developing any of these and other dangerous diseases.

4. Develop a desire for exercise: Dancing is not only a healthy habit, it’s also fun! The CDC cannot stress enough how important it is to find an exercise regimen that is easy to stick with and one of dancing’s many, many benefits is how easy it is to want to learn it and keep doing it for years to come.
It’s common sense: a child who is exposed to a healthy diet and a good dose of daily exercise, such as dancing, will be more likely to be a healthy, happy adult. Dance Pizazz can help children and teens develop a love for dance and, thusly, a love for a healthier lifestyle. For a preview of how dancing can help a child start this journey, go to http://www.dance-pizazz.com.

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