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Sala Aerobics


Salsa aerobics began in Jan. 2003

The HHP have been providing community based health promotion services in the American Falls and Aberdeen areas since 2000.

Since then the HHP has identified that the predominant health problems in these communities are type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

To date, the project has revealed rates of obesity as ~100% for over the age of 30 years.

Rates of type 2 diabetes are about twice the expected rates for Hispanics over 40 years of age.

Chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease have health risk factors that we are addressing in the Salsa Aerobics Program.

Our Purpose is prevention and intervention with Aerobics.

We build programs that help reduce risk factors like:

-Lack of regular medical checkups (including pap tests and mammograms)

-Lack of information about basic health care issues (ex: lack of HIV/AIDS information, resources for domestic violence and intervention health programs).

Physical activity provides many

benefits for the physical, mental and emotional body.

1. Increase ENERGY

2. Increase Flexibility

3. Increase range of motion

4. Increase strength

(muscle and bone density)

5. Increase endurance

6. Decrease stress

7. Decrease anxiety and - depression

8. Lowers LDLs and increase HDLs

(good fat)

9. Lowers risks for diseases

10. Builds confidence and self- esteem

11. Controls weight

12. Improves metabolism

13. Improves the immune system

14. Lowers your resting heart rate

15. Changes body mass

and body composition

16. Lowers blood pressure

17. Aids in losing weight.

Body composition and Body Mass Index is one part of a persons overall physical fitness.

The others are cardiovascular endurance (fitness of the heart and lungs),

Muscular strength and flexibility.

The first two parts are linked with the risk of heart and blood vessel disease.

Obesity is a major, independent risk factor for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.






















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- Debra McKay
(teaches Pilates)

- Isabell Morales

(teaches in American Falls)

- Amy Brown

- Phyllis Sandavol

(Newest Community Member)


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