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Illinois Extension Launches Tai Chi Classes for Arthritis and Fall Prevention

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Older adults are more likely to fall which can cause serious injury. Numerous studies have shown that Tai Chi, a gentle, low-impact form of exercise, is one of the most effective approaches for preventing falls.

Tai Chi also offers significant benefits for people with arthritis by enhancing muscular strength, flexibility, and overall fitness.

To help the community experience these advantages, Illinois Extension is excited to announce the Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention program. This series of classes, led by Family Life Educator Kara Schweitzer, will introduce participants to the flowing, relaxing movements of Tai Chi, which can alleviate pain and stiffness from arthritis and improve balance. The program can also benefit anyone seeking to enhance their strength, flexibility, and overall fitness as they age.

The sessions will be held twice a week for eight weeks, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Whiteside County Extension Office, located at 12923 Lawrence Rd. in Sterling. The program dates are as follows: July 23 and 24; July 29 and 31; August 6 and 7; August 13 and 14; August 20 and 21; August 27 and 28; September 3 and 4; and September 10 and 11.

Each session builds on what has already been learned, so registration includes the full duration of this eight-week program. Commitment to the full program is recommended due to the class format. To register, visit go.illinois.edu/WhitesideTaiChi or call the Whiteside County Extension office at 815-632-3611. 

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, contact Kara Schweitzer at kara7@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your needs. 

ABOUT EXTENSION: Illinois Extension leads public outreach for the University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities. For more information, contact the Whiteside County Extension Office at 815-632-3611.

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