TTUHSC study offers free martial arts training for women - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/1/10

TTUHSC study offers free martial arts training for women

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – If you're a woman over age 30 and obese, or even just a little overweight, you may be interested in free martial arts classes at Texas Tech as part of a study on how that kind of exercise can help fight obesity and bone loss in women.  On Monday's HealthWise at Five, Dr. Mike Ragain explained that this is a win-win situation for women looking to lose some weight.

"Certainly it's going to be a value in weight reduction and we plan to have three, sixty-minute sessions a week, with a teacher led martial arts, it's really cardiovascular fitness, there won't be any contact," said Dr. Ragain.  "We're also going to be looking at some biochemical markers to see how well the bone health is because exercising bones, helps to make them stronger."

The 12-week study will begin as soon as the classes fill up.  They're free, thanks to a grant awarded to the Laura Bush Institute for Women's Health and UMC's Women's Health Innovation Fund.  To find out if you qualify for this study, or for more information, please call (806) 549-2361.

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