Learning Tai Chi

STORY JESSICA PETTIT | PHOTOS SUE BUTTERFIELD

The class, titled “Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention,” was developed by Dr. Paul Lam of the Tai Chi for Health Institute. The eight-week program is based on the Sun style of tai chi, and includes 12 forms of movement designed to build muscle strength and improve balance, said Amy Bate, health promotion coordinator and public information officer for the Tooele County Health Department.

[Amy] Bate, along with one other health department employee, became certified as instructors for the class in April after the Utah Department of Health offered funding for Tooele County to start the class.

“We got a small amount of funding and training to bring it to our community,” Bate said. “It’s for people suffering from arthritis and helps in fall prevention. It’s pretty cool because one in four Americans 65 and older fall each year — it’s the leading cause of injury, hospitalization and death. This a way for people 65 and older to take control of their health by becoming stronger and more aware of their balance.”

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