03/05/2013 10:38 am ET

Latino Seniors Stepping Out To The Dance Floor In The Name Of Science

A group of Latino seniors soon will be stepping out on the dance floor in the name of medical research.

A study being coordinated by a University of Illinois at Chicago professor will see if doing traditional dances such as salsa and cha-cha-cha can spark more physical activity in older Latinos and improve their health.

Although doctors have long known exercise is important for staving off chronic disease, researchers of the dance study contend many older Latinos won't buy into just any physical activity, often for cultural reasons. Experts also say older Latinos often are at a high risk for developing disabilities.

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