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Dancers Live Longer

By Ann Carmichael and Steve Sexton

The latest research findings prove what dancers have always known - dancers live longer, healthier lives.

The studies were conducted at the Southwest Texas Medical Center in San Antonio by Dr. lma Zoe Smart, PhD.and Dr. Noah T. All, Ph.D., Directors of the National Research Institute with consultant, Terry Rippa Dallas, Push Club dance instructor and D.J.

They compared the activity level, disease resistance, and life span of dancing and non-dancing mice.

Rhythm and blues music was played three times a week for thirty minute dance sessions to an experimental group of dancing mice. The control group, an equal number of nondancing mice (nicknamed couch potatoes) were equipped with television remote controls, and provided with an equal number of thirty minute sessions of television viewing. Records of mice activity levels, incidence of disease, and life span were maintained for both groups.

The data, when tabulated, demonstrated conclusively that dancing mice had a lower risk of contracting disease - by forty percent, and had much longer lifespans than the couch potato mice.

Although not part of the statistical findings, interesting observations on viewing preferences showed that the most popular programs were Mighty Mouse, Tom and Jerry cartoons, and the Mickey Mouse Club programs. It appeared that one of the most popular songs was "You dirty rat, you wouldn't share your cheese with me, but shared it with another," by the Rat Pack.

Also, female dancing mice were observed gnawing pairs of wooden objects, after viewing their first Push Basics videotape. Dr. Smart theorized that the mice were attempting to make the first high-heel mice dance shoes!

More research is needed to determine the minimal dancing time needed to provide optimal health benefits. Also it Is necessary to determine if higher levels of dancing can result in harmful effects. Finally, after tests with animals have been completed, research with human subjects will be necessary. Volunteers from Push clubs in Texas will be needed for this important scientific research. Volunteers should contact Terry Rippa or call TAGMICE.

In view of the available data, it's a safe bet to continue dancing three times a week for 30 minutes for a longer, healthier life. CI Reprinted from S... Anlonio Push Qub Newsletter. for dub info., St... Salon, (210) 493-7553 '" write 13615 Cobble Woy Cirde, Son Antonio. TX 7,




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