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Date Added: August 20, 2010

By Gila Leiter, MD | :: May, 2003

"Nia is a natural stress-buster."

Deborah Kern, PhD

"For her doctoral thesis in the mid-1990s, Kern followed 40 people who took NIA classes for seven weeks, along with 40 other people who did low-impact aerobics... Both groups saw cardiovascular benefits, says Kern, whose study was not published. But overall anxiety levels, as measured on a commonly used psychological scale, dropped in those who took NIA classes while increasing slightly in those who did low-impact aerobics."

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