Free Tai Ji Quan - Moving for Better Balance Classes Begin February 7th

January 23, 2017
Rice County Public Health, Northfield Retirement Community and Southeastern Minnesota Area Agency on Aging are teaming up to offer a free Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance workshop series, beginning February 7th.
Tai Ji Quan is a group based exercise class designed to help older adults improve balance and reduce the likelihood of falling through the use of slow coordinated movements. Participants will enhance balance skills, body alignment, muscle strength, flexibility and mobility.
The Tai Ji Quan program uses 8 forms as part of the core routine, with movements that focus on improving sensory motor and cognitive functions. Movements are combined with breathing and focused attention to help engage both body and mind.  These are modifiable and can be done in a chair or holding on to a chair for support. All classes include a warm-up, core routine and end with a cool down and breathing practice. Classes are facilitated by a trained leader, and participants meet for one hour, twice a week for 12 weeks.
Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 7th – March 16th, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Northfield Retirement Community, 910 Cannon Valley Drive West, Northfield.
This workshop series is free, but pre-registration is required by February 6th.  Please call Amy Belcher at 507-664-7346 to register or register online at
Josh Ramaker, Rice County Public Health SHIP Coordinator (507) 332-5911
Deb Purfeerst, Rice County Public Health Director (507) 332-6111
Sara Folsted, Rice County Administrator (507) 332-6121