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Tai Chi for Fall Prevention: A New Approach to an Ancient Art

Oct 01, 2015 01:40PM

Dr. Paul Lam & Heather Chalon

Fall prevention is one of the most important public health issues facing our country. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the direct annual cost of fall-related injuries is $34 billion. The CDC has recognized that tai chi can be effective in improving balance and strengthening leg muscles, in addition to offering natural pain relief and improved mobility, mental clarity, an overall feeling of well-being and a sense of community. CDC, Arthritis foundation and National Centers on Aging recommend Tai chi for Health Institute programs specifically.

Dr. Paul Lam, founder of the Tai Chi for Health Institute, will offer a presentation on the benefits of tai chi and the community-based approach, noon to 12:50 p.m., October 7, at Drachman Hall, 1295 North Martin, Tucson. He will be in town to deliver a two-day Depth of Tai Chi for Health workshop with Heather Chalon, senior trainer at Tai Chi for Health Institute.

Following the presentation, Lam and Chalon will be available until 1:45 p.m. to meet Tucson community leaders who wish to learn more about tai chi as a safe, cost-effective health modality.

Heather Chalon, MPH, is a board member of Tai Chi for Health Community and an expert in wu style tai chi, qigong and tao healing arts. Connect with her at 520-780-6751, [email protected] or

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