A research study out of Simon Fraser University is testing how a Bhangra dance exercise program can impact body fat distribution and cardiovascular disease risk factors in postmenopausal South Asian women. The South Asian Exercise Trial (SAET) looks at how 12 weeks of exercise programs affects levels of body fat and heart health to determine appropriate exercise programming for this group.
Previous research has shown a higher rate of diabetes in the South Asian population at nearly 10%, while White and Chinese populations had rates of 5.3 and 4.8% respectively. The incidence of heart attacks is two to three times higher in the South Asian population compared to White and Chinese populations, and is on the rise.
Little is known about the benefits of exercise in the South Asian population. Exercise can benefit the community through improved health and social connectedness and have great impact.
The exercise intervention groups will attend one hour exercise classes 3 times per week over the course of the 12 week intervention at a Surrey community center.
Post-menopausal South Asian women who have a waist circumference greater than 80cm, can understand English and are not currently physically active are invited to participate in the study. For more information, please contact Iris Lesser at iris.lesser@sfu