Healthy Acadia & Community Partners Offer Free “Tai Chi for Health” Classes
February 19, 2015

What: Sixteen-week free classes to improve strength and balance

Where: Emerson Hall (67 Court Street, Castine) and The Island Community Center (2 Memorial Lane, Stonington)

Dates and Time: First Class (Castine): Wednesdays from 10:00am to 11:00am, from March 4, 2015 through June 17, 2015. Second Class (Stonington): Wednesdays from 1:00pm to 2pm, from March 4, 2015 through June 17, 2015.

Healthy Acadia is offering two free sixteen-week “Tai Chi for Health” classes beginning in March and continuing into June, in partnership with Healthy Peninsula, the Town of Castine, and the Island Community Center. The classes will meet once a week for one hour each, offering 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 10 local community health organizations, by the Maine Health Access Foundation. “Partnering with Healthy Acadia to offer this program to seniors is a wonderful way to help achieve TiP’s main goal, to help seniors stay in their homes and out of hospitals,” said Anne Schroth, TiP Coordinator.

Throughout the sixteen-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 Castine and Stonington in partnership with Healthy Peninsula, the Town of Castine, and the Island Community Center,” 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 these classes, or for more information on “Tai Chi for Health” contact Nina Zeldin at 667-7171, or nina@healthyacadia.org .