What’s Happening at the Quincy Y:
Dancing for Fitness
By JOHN GALLUZZO
Have you ever wondered whether or not your daily secretive performance of the Macarena was actually burning off your morning muffin? Or if the moves you busted out at the club on Friday night negated the calories you packed in during your company’s luncheon earlier in the day?
Have you ever considered the notion that a regular dose of dance might just be the best way for people with intellectual disabilities to remain in good health?
Over the course of 12 weeks, the South Shore YMCA’s Quincy Branch will collaborate with researchers from UMass Boston, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center-UMass Medical School and Tufts University in a grant-funded research study called “Dance for Fitness,” a community-based program for girls with intellectual disabilities.
The purpose of this research study is to test the effects of a dance program on the fitness and well-being in girls with intellectual disabilities, with an overall goal of improving health and wellness among this population. Beginning February 1, girls between the ages of 13 and 21 with intellectual disabilities from the Quincy Public Schools will participate in the “Dance for Fitness” program, which will take place at the Y’s Quincy Branch on Mondays and Wednesdays for 75 minutes per session.
Throughout the course of the program, fitness testing and physical activity monitoring will be conducted by Professor Heidi Stanish and her research staff from the Exercise and Health Sciences Department at UMass Boston. “We are so pleased to collaborate with the South Shore YMCA in this effort to get girls dancing at a level that may improve their fitness,” said Dr. Stanish. “Working together with others in the community, like the YMCA and local schools, helps to increase our reach and gives us the best chance of promoting health and wellness among people of all abilities.”
“We are thrilled to bring this research study to our Quincy Branch,” stated Lisa Drennan, Association Director of Inclusion at the South Shore YMCA. “We welcome these young students and hope to see them continue on their journey of health and well-being at the Y.” In conjunction with fun and active classes twice a week, participants will also practice dance routines of different styles, such as Hip Hop, contemporary, and theatrical, at home, using an instructional video. This “Dance for Fitness” Research Study at the Y’s Quincy Branch is the first of three waves of this particular study.
The South Shore YMCA is a charity. For information on how to support its work through volunteering or donations, Mary Orne at email@example.com or 781-264-9400 ext. 3306.
Winter 2 Program Registration is Open!
The South Shore YMCA’s Winter 2 session runs from January 31 to April 2. The Quincy branch features youth, teen, family and adult programs that focus on youth development and healthy living, in the pool, in the gym, on the court and more. Participants may register online, by calling 617-479-8500 or by walking in and talking to our front desk staff. For more information, visit http://ssymca.org/programs/.
American Red Cross Lifeguard Training
Learn how to save lives by becoming an American Red Cross Trained Lifeguard. This 4-day intensive program includes CPR and First Aid. Program participants must be 15 years old or older by the end of the class. A pre-requisite swim of 300 yards must be completed on the first day of class. For questions please call Felix Hor at 617-479-8500 x4741. February 16-19; cost $315 for South Shore YMCA members; $365 for nonmembers.