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  • Quotes

  • Background

  • Physical Activity and Health of Hispanic Youth

  • Advantages of Dance Promotion

  • Proposed Amendment

  • Existing Latin Fitness Programs in Chicago

  • Sponsors

  • Stakeholders

  • Messaging and Marketing


“Overweight and obesity are among the most urgent health challenges facing our country today. Excess weight contributes to many of the leading causes of death in the United States, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some types of cancer”4- CDC's Winnable Battles, 2011

"When done vigorously, dancing is up there with jogging and cross country skiing for aerobic benefit. All the styles, ballroom, salsa, funk, hip-hop, can burn up to 300 calories an hour if you're really moving just like in an aerobic class.”5- Meg Jordan, PhD, RN (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America)

” People born and raised in a Latin American culture acquire dance in a passive learning process; through constant immersion.”10 - Tina Ramirez Founder of New York's Ballet Hispanico


  • More than 9% of total US health care spending is on obesity related conditions3

  • Childhood obesity alone adds $14 billion to annual health care cost in the US6

    • Children covered by Medicaid account for $3 billion of those costs6

  • Illinois ranks in the top ten states for obese/overweight adolescents (ages 10-17)3

    • Greater than one third (35%) prevalence of obesity among Illinois children (10-17)11


Insufficient activity and sedentary lifestyle are major contributors to childhood obesity

Increase in physical activity among children would significantly reduce U.S. healthcare expenditures for the treatment of obesity-related diseases

Physical activity and health of youth
Physical activity and health of youth

Table 1: 2003 Chicago Youth Risk Behavior Survey14

Table 2: 2005 Chicago High School Students14

Hispanic presence and health concerns
Hispanic Presence and Health Concerns

Little Village, Chicago

  • Hispanics are now the state’s largest and fasted growing minority group

  • Hispanics living in the Midwest have the highest obesity rates among Latinos in the U.S.15

    • Percentage of obese Latino children 3-13 is 1 in 5 (26%)13

  • Chicago Hispanics are disproportionately affected by obesity-related chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease, and asthma relative to non-Hispanic whites15

Physical activity among hispanic female youth
Physical Activity among Hispanic female youth

Table 3: 2003 Chicago Youth Risk Behavior Survey15

Table 4: 2005 Chicago High School Students15

Why dance promotion
Why Dance Promotion?

  • Need

    • Chicago Hispanic community residents reported knowledge of few weight loss-targeted programs12

  • Tailored to at-risk population

    • Hispanic girls are at greater risk relative to non-Hispanic whites for physical inactivity and mental health issues15

    • Cultural ballroom and folk dances are highly celebrated in Hispanic cultures10

  • Effective

    • Culturally-appropriate dance (Rumba fitness) intervention found effective in promoting MVPA in overweight Latino girls8

Proposed amendment
Proposed Amendment

  • Afterschool Youth Development Project Act (P.A. 96-1302) was created on July 27, 2010.1

  • Project aims to provide all youth between the ages of 6 and 19 with access to quality afterschool programs statewide

    • Support youth programs providing enrichment services

  • Proposed amendment aims to expand targeted after school programs to include Latin dance exercise programs

Proposed amendment language
Proposed Amendment Language

  • Amends the Afterschool Youth Development Project Act (P.A. 96-1302)

    • Makes a technical change in section 20

  • Section 20. Afterschool Demonstration Program.

    • (b) Eligible activity areas. Afterschool programs created under the Demonstration Program shall serve youths in Illinois by promoting one or more of the following:

    • (2) Arts, music, sports, recreation, and cultural enrichment, including structured, ongoing activities such as theatre groups,development of exhibits, graphic, cultural activities, sports and athletic teams, and culturally-appropriate dance exercise programs to promote physical activity.

Exisiting latin fitness programs
Exisiting Latin Fitness Programs

  • Chicago Latin Fitness

  • SALSAerobics

  • Chicago Latin Dance (Salsa-ton Fitness)

  • MaZi Dance Fitness Centre

  • Manitas Interactive Fitness

  • Chicago Park District (Salsa & Zumba Fitness)

  • Girls in the Game (Zumba Fitness)

  • TEAMiFIT (Zumba Fitness)

  • Chaturanga Holistic Fitness (Zumba Fitness)

  • Chicago Women's Fitness (Zumba Fitness)

  • YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago (Zumba Fitness)

  • Boys and Girls Club Chicago (Zumba Fitness)


  • Senator Iris Y. Martinez of 20th Legislative District

  • Consistently sponsored and passed legislation to promote family and children’s health. Has a reputation of working with community-based organizations.

  • President of National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators

  • Advisory board member of Ensemble Español Dance Theater

  • Large Latino constituency

Senator Iris Y. Martinez


  • SenatorWilliam Delgado of 20th Legislative District

    • Illinois legislative Latino Caucus Foundation member

    • Passionate about youth outreach and Latino rights

    • Known as a “champion of health and physical fitness issues”

    • Large Latino constituency

Senator William Delgado


  • House Representative Maria Antonia “Toni” Berrios 

    • Focused on issues that increase the well-being of children

    • Strongly supports the value of after school programs

    • Co-chair for the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus

    • Passionate about Latin Dance. Sponsored bill for Ensemble Español Day.

Representative Toni Berrios

Additional policy paramours
Additional Policy Paramours

  • House Representative Elizabeth Hernandez

    • Current member of Children’s Center of Cicero and Berwyn, Cicero Youth Services, and Pilsen-Little Village Mental Health Agency

    • Large Latino Constituency

  • House Representative Cynthia Soto

    • Large Latino Constituency

Representative Elizabeth Hernandez

Representative Cynthia Soto


  • Boy and Girls Club of Chicago

  • Chaturanga Holistic Fitness

  • Chicago Latin Fitness

  • Chicago Latin Dance

  • Chicago Women's Fitness

  • Ensemble Español Center for Spanish Dance

  • Girls in the Game

  • MaZi Dance Fitness Centre

  • Manitas Interactive Fitness

  • SALSAerobics


  • YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

  • YMCA Alliance of Illinois


  • Chicago Department of Public Health

  • Cook County Department of Public Health

  • Chicago Department of Children and Youth Services

  • Chicago Public Schools

  • Chicago Park District

  • Illinois Department of Human Services

  • Illinois Department of Public Health

  • University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health

  • University of Illinois College of Medicine


  • American Academy of Family Physicians

  • American Diabetes Association

  • American Heart Association

  • American Stroke Association

  • Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children

  • Chicago Childhood Diabetes Registry at the University of Chicago

  • Children’s Memorial Hospital

  • Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

  • Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

  • Illinois Association of Park Districts

  • Latino Health

  • Sinai Children’s Hospital


Afterschool Youth Development Project Act. 7/27/2010 Illinois General Assembly . <>.

CLOCC. (2010). Pilsen community nutrition & physical activity survey. Available from

“F as in Fat Report” Trust for America’s Health. July 2009.

Frieden, T. (2011, January 14). CDC-Winnable Battles. Retrieved from

Health benefits of dancing. (2012). Retrieved from

Mobilizing Healthcare Professionals in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity . May 2010 National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare. <>. 

Ogden, C.L., Carroll, M.D., Curtin, L.R., Lamb, M.M., & Flegal, K.M. (2010). Prevalence of high body mass index in US children and adolescents, 2007-2008. The Journal of the American Medical Association, 303(3), 242-249.

References continued
References Continued:

8) Olvera, Norma Ph.D.; Kellam, Stephanie F.; Menefee, Kara; Lee, Jay; and Smith, Dennis W. (2010) "Physical Activity in Latino Children: Research and Its Implications," Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk: Vol. 1: Iss. 1, Article 3

9) Prevalence of Childhood Overweight and Obesity in Chicago. 2010 Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children . <>.

10) Salsa: The Dance. 1999 Salsa & Merengue Society. <>.

11) Trust for America’s Health, State Data Illinois. (2009). Retrieved June 16, 2010 from

12) Quinn, Michael and McNabb, Wylie (2000) “Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs for Chicago Hispanics: A Community-Based Needs Assessment 11.” Illinois Morbidity and Mortality Review, 4(2).

13) Whitman, S., Williams, C., & Shah, A.M. (2004). Sinai Health System’s community health survey: Report 1. Chicago, Illinois: Sinai Health System.

14) Zurn, L. (2005). The Women’s Sports Foundation Report: The Status of Female Youth Health and Physical Activity in the Chicago Metropolitan Area. East Meadow, NY: Women’s Sports Foundation.

15) Zurn, L. (2005). The Women’s Sports Foundation Report: The Status of Health and Physical Activity in Chicago Hispanic Girls. East Meadow, NY: Women’s Sports Foundation.