Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Benefits of Ballet

I recently uncovered an article from the 1997 issue of Creative Living. "Wellsprings of Health" by Paul J. Rosch, M.D. notes that attending cultural events may help you live longer.

People who frequent concerts, theater and art exhibits are healthier and live longer, according to a recent study by Swedish researchers... the researchers surveyed 13,000 people, ages 16 to 74, about their health, living conditions, income, education and lifestyles. Eight and nine years later, they found that those who generally attended some sort of cultural event fewer than 40 times per year were almost 60 percent more likely to have died, compared to those participating in such activities twice as often or more... Going to the movies, attending a sporting event or singing in a choir provided similar rewards.

(This is an advertisement for the Bolshoi's performances at the University of North Carolina this past summer. Valery Lantratov's son Vladislav Lantratov was part of this tour)