Help prevent falls, learn Tai Chi moves on Saturday


In recognition of National Falls Prevention Day on Friday, Phoenix Health Education and Wellness Center will host a free Tai Chi lesson at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens on Saturday.

The purpose of Falls Prevention Day is to encourage adults 65 and older to find ways to stay active and healthy to prevent falls that could lead to severe injuries or death.

Joseph Whiting, director of health promotion, education and behavior at Phoenix Health Education and Wellness Center, said Tai Chi is an evidence-based activity that can improve the physical and emotional health of people who live with chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis by drawing focus to one's movements and breathing.

The session is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. at the Heath Pavilion.

On Saturday, Whiting, a certified Tai Chi instructor, will teach 12 basic Tai Chi moves. With daily practice, you will start to see a great difference, he said.

He said Tai Chi is also good for people dealing with depression and anxiety.

Whiting also teaches Tai Chi at Sumter Family YMCA on Fridays starting at 11:15 a.m. Those classes are free to YMCA members.

For more information, contact Joseph Whiting at (803) 774-2085 or