Morganton, NC – Area residents are invited to discover how tai chi can help improve their health and prevent falls at a two-day workshop being offered July 21-22, at Grace Ridge Retirement Community. The easy-to-learn “Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention” program integrates the mind and body to help align posture, increase heart and lung activity, and improve flexibility, muscle strength and balance.

“Many people from around the world have gained health benefits from this program and studies have shown it helps relieve pain, improve quality of life and make people feel better,” said Kelli Huggins, Grace Ridge’s Well4Life coordinator. “Because it connects well to the Good Moods at Grace Ridge lifestyle, we thought it was a valuable workshop to offer not only our residents, but also anyone in the Morganton community who wants to learn about tai chi and fall prevention in a positive, enjoyable and interactive environment.”

The program will include warm up and cool down exercises, tai chi principles and teaching methods, overview of arthritis and the cause of falls, and how to teach the program safely. Anyone interested in taking the workshop “just for fun” can register for $100, while those who wish to become certified to teach the class can enroll for $300. Qualified participants who successfully complete the course will be accredited by the Tai Chi for Health Institute to teach the program.

The workshop will be taught July 21-22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by Meghan Bryant, an instructor with the institute. For more information or to register for the workshop, visit the Tai Chi for Health Institute website.

About Grace Ridge Retirement Community

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Grace Ridge is a Life Plan Community spanning 52 acres in Morganton, NC. Owned and operated by Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge, our mission is to create a secure environment that supports individual choices and lifestyle, and our values contribute to our welcoming, positive attitude. We believe a good mood is integral to wellness and our vision is one where dreams and expectations truly are reality. To learn more about Grace Ridge, visit www.graceridge.org.