An intergenerational AI Tele-dance platform funded by the NIH.
Las Vegas, NV – Dance4Healing is proud to announce the launch of a study funded by the National Insitute of Health (NIH) for its patent-pending artificial intelligence “tele-dance” platform at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) Eureka Park booth #60910. Dance4Healing was selected as one of the ten companies for the Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) Innovation for All Startup Experience, a Diversity & Inclusion Initiative.
Winner of AARP’s CES annual pitch, “People’s Choice Award” in 2021, Dance4Healing is now funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), and actively recruiting minority diabetes patients, caregivers, and intergenerational buddies to develop a culturally sensitive novel habit-building algorithm. Join our movement to increase engagement and reduce health disparities! Visit our NIH study page and share to help us reach people in your communities who may benefit from this study.
There is a lack of data on effective lifestyle recommendations for normal-weight diabetics (NWD), accounting for 1 in 5 Type II DM patients. NWD is especially prevalent in Asian populations and elders, facing higher mortality rates than obese diabetics. People of Asian descent often develop diabetes at a younger age and lower body weight. Filipinos, Koreans, South Asians, and Vietnamese adults are likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes significantly earlier than non-Hispanic white adults. DM is more common among African-Americans than non-Hispanic whites and is a significant risk factor for CVD. Furthermore, the prevalence of high blood pressure (HBP) in African Americans is the highest globally. >40% of African Americans have HBP, increasing the risk of diabetes and Alzheimer’s (AD). Additionally, HBP increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Dance intervention has been shown to be effective in improving health for individuals with Type II Diabetes as well as reducing the chance of death from cardiovascular disease by 50%!
COVID-19 has exacerbated the unmet need for at-home care tools for elders, chronic disease patients, and caregivers. Dance4Healing pairs them with compatible buddies to build sustainable, healthy habits through recorded and live video music/dance/art classes (Imagine YouTube + Zoom + eHarmony for health buddies). Founded by Stage IV cancer conqueror Amy Li, Dance4Healing’s mission is to make healthy habits accessible, supportive, and fun, enriching the lives of people of all abilities, ages, races, and genders. Our vision is to become the global cultural hub leading the experience in bridging art and health.
“I rekindled my childhood love of music, dance, and the arts to cope with anxiety, stress, isolation, and loneliness during my Stage IV cancer recovery,” said Li. “Intrigued by the vast clinical benefits of the creative arts, yet dismayed by their low utilization in healthcare, I felt a calling to abandon my cushy corporate career to bring my extensive background in behavior design and AI research to bridge art and health. At Dance4Healing, we imagine we are all babies dancing in diapers, and we want to unleash that inner child that serves as respite when people encounter difficult life challenges, as I did when battling for my life.” Li was just selected as one of the first 2 Asian women leaders for the Culture of Health Leadership Institute for Racial Healing, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program. Dance4Healing was also recently awarded a grant from the Chinese Community Health Care Association to build language translation integration into its telehealth platform that will benefit people like Li’s mom, starting with Chinese. Li is currently working on her upcoming book “Stage
IV FOR Creative Metamorphasis, a Cancer Conqueror’s Design for Mindful Transformation,” combining her creative writings/poetries during her cancer journey with her top 50 industry expert interviews about mindset and resilience. Li’s poem Stage captures the essence of the book.
Research shows that:
- Creative Arts Therapies improve cancer patients’ QoL by 50% and reduce pain by 59% (JAMA).
- Dancing reduces the risk of dementia by 76% (NEJM).
- Dancing halves cardiovascular death by 46% (AJPM).
- Dancing reduces fall risk by 37% in older adults (PubMed – nih.gov).
Dance4Healing started with a successful Stanford cancer supportive care program, served 90+ patients, and achieved a Net Promoter Score of 91. Most patients reported 80-100% improvement in anxiety/depression/body energy. The program’s success empowered Dance4Healing to expand to chronic disease and eldercare based on the verified clinical benefits of music/dance/arts.
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Disclaimer: Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute On Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R43MD018300. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.