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DanSa, a dance curriculum to increase physical activity in a newly emerging Latino community

Steren, Karina E. (2015) DanSa, a dance curriculum to increase physical activity in a newly emerging Latino community. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This thesis develops a culturally appropriate dance curriculum to increase physical activity among the Latino community in Allegheny County. The program is called, DanSa: Danza, Salud y Familia (Dance, Health and Family). DanSa stemmed from an extensive review of the literature and lessons learned from the dance program Dancing 4 Health, a dance program developed by the Latin American Cultural Union (LACU) in 2014 and funded by Highmark, Blue Cross Blue Shield. The program’s goals were to promote health among Latinos in Pittsburgh, while preserving Latin-American and Caribbean culture.
DanSa is a program incorporating a Latin American dance curriculum that aims to decrease sedentary behavior among Latinos. It is a 12-week program, offered three times per week to adults and their families in Casa San Jose, a center serving Latinos in the region. The program will include biometric measures and personal data that will be collected pre, mid and post program. In addition, exercise during the classes and outside of them will be measured through pedometers used by participants.
DanSa aims to incorporate the community in the marketing and delivery of the program. Because the Latino community in Allegheny County is small (<2% of the total population) and geographically dispersed, the program will have a robust marketing campaign involving referrals (through word of mouth, physicians, key community members and organizations), transportation advertisement, print media and social media.
The public health significance of this thesis is that it provides the field with a curriculum to increase physical activity in a newly emerging Latino community.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Steren, Karina E.kes78@pitt.eduKES78
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFelter, Elizabeth
Committee MemberDocumét, Patriciapdocumet@pitt.eduPDOCUMET
Committee MemberBangs, Ralphralph.bangs@pitt.eduRBANGS
Date: 28 September 2015
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 24 July 2015
Approval Date: 28 September 2015
Submission Date: 20 July 2015
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 67
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Public Health, Physical Activity, Hispanic, Dance
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2015 17:46
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:29


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