Dancing can help prevent obesity, a triggering factor of Type 2 diabetes, according to US scientists.
Busting hip-hop moves across a wooden gym floor, scientists led children through one hour of dancing weekly for one month.
Using pedometers, the research team found that the students averaged twice as many steps on days they danced.
At the same time, says Dr. Terri Lipman, PhD, CRNP, of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, the children had elevated resting heart rates after exercise, indicating that they were not physically fit.
Dr. Lipman aims to change that by encouraging children worldwide to "Dance for Health."
"Dancing is not only free, culturally relevant, and fun," says Dr. Lipman, "it is also an easily accessible way for children to lead a more active lifestyle.