Salida,Colo.-Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center's Tai Chi: Moving for
Better Balance class has been recognized by the Colorado Department of
Public Health and Environment as a Violence and Injury Prevention (VIP)
Program of Excellence.
HRRMC was commended for its outstanding work implementing evidence-based
exercise and education classes that address fall prevention for older adults.
Each year, one in three adults age 65 and older falls, according to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since 2015, HRRMC has offered
the Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance class in partnership with the Upper
Arkansas Area Agency on Aging.
Moving for Better Balance is a program that incorporates tai chi movements
to help improve leg strength, stability, balance and cognitive function.
A major goal of the program is to reduce the incidence of falls in older
adults and people with Parkinson's disease.
The class is taught by Jon Fritz, a clinical exercise physiologist and
HRRMC's employee and community wellness supervisor. The next class
will start this summer. For more information, contact Jon Fritz at 719-530-2057