Tai Ji Quan

Have you ever wondered what Tai Ji Quan (TJQ) is? Last Tuesday, I joined Mailee, Program Coordinator at WellShare International, in one of the classes she teaches.

Tai Ji Quan (TJQ) is an evidence-based movement program that strengthens the body and addresses a range of physical and mental health issues, such as reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, enhancing bone strength, joint stability, immunity and emotional well-being. It is especially useful for the elderly, as it improves balance and helps to prevent falls (Harvard Health Publications, 2012.)

In order to teach this course, Mailee and other WellShare staff have received training from the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging. In the 48-session (24-week) course participants learn a series of choreographed movements, twice a week for one hour.

This picture shows Mailee (front) and participants of the class last Tuesday.

If you want to learn more about Tai Ji Quan, click here.

This activity is made possible by a grant from the Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative (EHDI) of the Minnesota Department of Health’s Center for Health Equity, through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature.

 

Written by Maria Tomczik

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