This Exercise Craze Is Giving Low-Income Women A Chance To Prioritize Their Health

Bedrosian Faculty Affiliate LaVonna Lewis spoke to Daina Beth Solomon about how affordable exercise classes can have a great effect on low-income women.

Policymakers and nonprofit leaders, in contrast, have focused their health efforts largely on nutrition because food comes before exercise for low-income families, according to Professor Lavonna Lewis of the University of Southern California’s Public Policy school.

“People need to eat,” she said, adding that families without a discretionary income may not consider Zumba important. And people relying on government support may simply not be able to shell out money for private classes.

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