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Can Singing in a Choir Be a Key Strategy for Lifelong Health? A Cross-sectional Study

Published:December 01, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvoice.2020.11.010

      Summary

      Introduction

      Singing in a choir can play a significant role in a strategy for lifelong health. This study aimed to assess the nutritional status and the quality of life of healthy adults singing in a choir.

      Methods

      The cross-sectional study, carried out from August 2017 to June 2018, was preceded by a weekly pilot study. A total of 100 choristers (72 women, 72.0%) aged 19–70 years (mean age was 38.30 ± 15.99 years) were included in the study. The control group consisted of 100 healthy adults (68 women, 68.0%) aged 19–70 years (mean age was 38.48 ± 16.09).

      Results

      Significantly lower body weight and body mass index and significantly lower results of selected body composition components (P< 0.05) were found in the study group in comparison with the control group. The choristers showed significantly lower values of basal metabolic rate (P= 0.004) and metabolic age (P< 0.001). In addition, a significantly higher quality of life was observed in the group of choristers in each of the domains tested (P < 0.05).

      Conclusion

      Singing in the choir may have effect on lifelong health, defined as better nutritional status and better perception of quality of life and health.

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