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For Immediate Release:
April 09, 2014
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips
laf@miamidade.gov
305-755-7842

Miami-Dade County Parks expands free Tai Chi classes for active adults 55+


(MIAMI, April 9, 2014) — The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department is pleased to announce that it has added three new Tai Chi class locations, as part of its line-up of free Active Adults 55+ recreational programming for residents age 55 and older.  The new classes are underway at North Trail, Westwind Lakes and Continental Parks and are being provided free of charge through the support of Miami-Dade County Parks and Active Adults 55+ partner Chen Medical. Classes are taught by certified Tai Chi instructors and space is limited. The schedule and locations are as follows: 

Mondays, 11:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.
North Trail Park Community Center, 780 NW 127 Ave., Miami
(305) 207-2420

Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m.  – 10:00 a.m.
Westwind Lakes Park Community Center, 6805 SW 152 Ave., Miami
(305) 388-4771

Fridays, 9:00 a.m.  – 10:00 a.m.
Continental Park Community Center - 10000 SW 82 Ave., Miami
(305) 274-9666

In addition, Miami-Dade County Parks Active Adults 55+ partner Baptist Health Systems has presented Tai Chi classes at Deerwood Bonita Lake Park Community Center, 14445 SW 122 Ave., Miami, since 2013. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.   For more information about Tai Chi classes at Deerwood Bonita Lakes Park, call (305) 234-1660.

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art form that uses slow rhythmic movements to stimulate the mind and body. The Arthritis Foundation endorses Tai Chi as a great exercise for older adults to engage in, as it is gentle on the joints and promotes improved flexibility, strengthening, and stress reduction.

Started in 2013, Miami-Dade County Parks’ Active Adults 55+ Program is designed to help older adults improve their well-being by consistently staying physically active. The program is offered at parks throughout the county.  For details, call Miami-Dade County Parks Active Adults 55+ Program Coordinator and Advocate Allan Tavss at (786) 372-9701 or visit http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/active-adults.asp.

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About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department: 
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award, winner of the 2013 Florida Governor’s Sustained Excellence Award and the 2009 Florida Governor’s Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade County Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 12,825 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.  For information about Miami-Dade County Parks call 3-1-1, or visit www.miamidade.gov/parks/.

Miami-Dade County Parks is supported by The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department’s efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.  Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities.  For more information on the Parks Foundation, please visit www.liveaparklife.org.

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