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For Immediate Release:
April 10, 2015
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips
laf@miamidade.gov
305-755-7842

Miami-Dade Parks is hosting two new Tai Chi classes for active older adults


(MIAMI, April 10, 2015) — Focused on improving the health and fitness levels of residents, the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department is pleased to announce it has added two new Tai Chi classes, as part of its line-up of free “Active Older Adults” recreational programming, for residents age 55 and older.

The new classes are taught by certified Tai Chi instructors and are offered free of charge through Miami-Dade Parks Active Older Adults partner Chen Neighborhood Medical Centers. Advance registration is advised as space is limited. See the participating park locations and class schedule below:  
 
Westwind Lakes Park Community Center
6805 SW 152 Ave., Miami
305-388-4771
10:30-11:30 a.m. •  Wednesdays

Arcola Lakes Senior Center
8401 NW 14 Ave.., Miami
305-694-2728
12:30 -1:30 p.m. •  Wednesdays

In addition, Miami-Dade County Parks Active Older Adults 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, 9–10 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 Older Adults 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 more information about Miami-Dade Parks Active Older Adults Program, contact Allan Tavss at 786-3772-9701 or visit the website.

About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department
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. For information about Miami-Dade County Parks visit their website or call 3-1-1.

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. Visit the Parks Foundation website for more information.

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