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The UT Extension office is offering two programs at the Tipton County Commission on Aging starting next month.

Tai Chi is a program with the Arthritis Foundation, but it is not limited to those with arthritis. As the focus is on breathing and relaxation, the recreational exercise is a good fit for anyone seeking a joint-safe exercise routine.

Priscilla Eddins, extension agent with UT Extension and a trained and certified instructor of the Arthritis Foundation, will lead the class.

“There are 12 basic movements in the class,” said Eddins. “Some of the benefits of Tai Chi are to reduce pain and help with balance and coordination. Tai Chi also helps one cope with stress and depression and many find it helps with posture as well, because you are tuning in to your body.”

Eddins suggests wearing comfortable shoes and clothing for the one-hour class, as all movements are from a standing position. “We’ll meet and go through six basic movements and then six advanced movements. Definitely wear comfortable shoes and clothing. We want you to be comfortable. This is a fun class.”

Tai Chi begins Monday, March 3 and is from 10 – 11 a.m. The fee is $48 for eight sessions.

A “Living Well with Chronic Conditions” class begins Tuesday, March 4, and meets every Tuesday for six weeks.

“This class is helpful because many of us are living with long-term conditions, yet don’t really think of our health issues in that way,” said Eddins.

“One example is depression, which many people don’t realize can be a long-term condition. Self-management is the focus of the class and it’s what we encourage participants to take away from the class.”

“Living Well with Chronic Conditions” helps individuals take day-to-day responsibility for the care of their chronic condition by teaching skills to help self-manage conditions and work effectively with health care providers.

Eddins said that the program is open to anyone living with a chronic condition (examples: asthma, COPD, arthritis, depression, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, obesity and fibromyalgia) or family members, friends or caregivers of an individual with a chronic condition.

The class will meet from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. TCCA is located at 401 South College St. in Covington. The deadline to register for both classes is Feb. 21. For more information call Eddins at 476-0231.

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