Hendersonville, N.C. (December 21,  2011) – A group of Hendersonville-area seniors are moving their way to better health through a free class offered at the Edneyville Community Center.  Jenny Mercer, a health and science educator at The Health Adventure, has been teaching “Tai Chi for Arthritis” since November.

“This group is so dedicated,” Mercer said. “They practice on their own time, and they come every week. Their dedication is really evidenced by their improvement.”

Such improvements include better posture, improved flexibility and less pain. The Arthritis Foundation recommends Tai Chi as a “safe, easy to learn and suitable” exercise for arthritis sufferers. The gentle exercises involved in Tai Chi have been shown to reduce risk of falling in older adults, improve muscle strength, and help calm and focus the brain.

 “Tai Chi for Arthritis” is taking place at the Edneyville Community Center on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. through January 6.

 Ongoing classes for seniors offered by The Health Adventure include “Tai Chi Tuesdays,” “Fit Fridays” and “Mmm Good Mondays.” To find out more, please contact Jenny Mercer at 828.665.2217, ext. 325.

 

About The Health Adventure:

Since 1968, The Health Adventure has been an important part of the community and has provided much needed health and science education to children and families. The Health Adventure is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers.  For more information visit thehealthadventure.org, and visit them at their new location in The Biltmore Square Mall – I-26, Exit 33, in Asheville.

 

About Park Ridge Health:

Park Ridge Health was built by Henderson County residents, and more than 100 years later, they are still a beloved piece of the growing community’s health care network – providing quality, compassionate care in a Christian environment. In 1986, Park Ridge partnered with Adventist Health System, joining more than 43 exceptional not-for-profit community hospitals in the U.S., and leading the way in many medical firsts for the region.  For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE (774-5433).