Tai Chi for Arthritis is an effective exercise program that improves health and well-being. What a great way to begin the new year!  The class is being offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00 to 6:00 pm at the First Baptist Church, 555 Walnut St, Osceola, MO, starting January 7 – February 27, 2019.  A registration fee of $40 is required before the first class and must be paid to the St. Clair County Extension Office.  For more information, contact the St. Clair County Extension Office at 417-646-2419.

Tai chi is a researched, evidence-based exercise program with many health benefits. As a form of exercise, it combines gentle physical exercise and stretching with mindfulness.  Tai Chi exercises the entire body, all the joints, muscles and internal organs and at the same time, strengthens the mind.  Tai Chi relieves stress and brings harmony to yourself and others. Scientific studies have shown Tai Chi to improve health, quality of life, and balance.  The fluid, gentle movements improve muscular strength, flexibility, and fitness, as well as relaxation, balance, posture, and immunity. 

Tai chi is easy-to-learn, safe and effective.  The Arthritis Foundation USA supports Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis program as an intervention for fall prevention. According to Susan Mills-Gray, extension professor and state nutrition and health specialist, “If we can help someone become physically stronger, we also help improve their flexibility and balance. If we can improve flexibility and balance, we are going to prevent falls. If we can prevent people from falling, they can live independently longer and reduce their overall health costs.”

The class is being taught by certified instructor, Mary Sebade, Extension Nutrition and Health Education Specialist. Class size is limited to 12, so don’t delay – call the extension office today to reserve your spot – (417) 646-2419.