Healthy Acadia & Community Partners Offer Free “Tai Chi for Health” Series
March 4, 2016

Healthy Acadia is offering a free eight-week “Tai Chi for Health” class series beginning in March and continuing into May, in partnership with Healthy Peninsula and the First Baptist Church of Brooklin. The classes will meet twice per week for one hour each, for a total of sixteen sessions. “Tai Chi for Health” offers participants an opportunity to learn how to improve their strength and balance and reduce their fear and risk of falling.

These free classes are supported by a Thriving in Place (TiP) grant, awarded to Healthy Peninsula, in partnership with ten local community health organizations, by the Maine Health Access Foundation. “This program for seniors is a wonderful way to help achieve TiP’s main goal, to help seniors stay in their homes and out of hospitals,” said Elsie Flemings, Healthy Acadia’s Executive Director.

Throughout the eight-week course, participants will be introduced to exercises that promote movement control through the integration of mind and body. “Tai Chi for Health” is an evidenced-based program that, when practiced regularly, helps increase flexibility, muscle strength and coordination, thus reducing the risk and fear of falling. In addition, practicing “Tai Chi for Health” increases confidence, further promoting health and wellbeing.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring this fun and rewarding program to Brooklin in partnership with Healthy Peninsula and the First Baptist Church of Brooklin,” stated Nina Zeldin with Healthy Acadia, who will be teaching the sixteen-week classes. “The slow, continuous movements are healthful, relaxing and easy to learn.”

To enroll in this class series, or for more information about “Tai Chi for Health,” contact Nina Zeldin at 667-7171, or nina@healthyacadia.org .

Healthy Acadia is a community health coalition dedicated to building vibrant communities across Hancock and Washington counties by making it easier for people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. Healthy Acadia is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, working with hundreds of partners to create lasting improvements to health by connecting individuals with health supports, building partnerships, coordinating education and prevention services, and improving policies and environments.