Registration is now open for a new class that aims to improve the control of diabetes through training in the ancient Chinese martial art of tai chi.
Tanner Health System’s Get Healthy, Live Well will start offering free Tai Chi for Diabetes classes in September. The six-week program starts Sept. 19 and will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. at Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton at 705 Dixie Street.
The goal of the program is to increase mobility, improve physical function and reduce stress in adults with diabetes through sessions of tai chi, which combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow, gentle movements. The low-impact activity uses shifts in body position and stepping in coordination with arm movements.
Studies show gentle exercise like tai chi helps prevent diabetes in 60 percent of cases. And a University of Florida study shows that regularly practicing tai chi can help people better control their diabetes and lower blood glucose levels.
For people with physical restrictions, Get Healthy, Live Well’s tai chi instructor will provide modified lessons that can be done in a seated position. In addition to helping prevent and manage diabetes, the class helps prevent falls by improving strength and balance. It will also help participants reduce stress and improve posture.
The Tai Chi for Diabetes program is based on Sun and Yang style tai chi. Besides the fundamental 11 movements, warmup and cool down, Qigong breathing exercises will also be included.
While the class is for adults with diabetes, any adult is welcome to participate. Space is limited and registration is required, so call 770.214.CARE or register online at GetHealthyLiveWell.org soon.
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