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YMCA Demonstrates Tai Chi Exercise for Better Balance at WCA Diabetes Event

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Sally Kier, Jamestown YMCA instructor, teaches Toni DeAngelo, R.N., WCA Hospital Community Health & Wellness director, “Swing and Sway” techniques from the evidence-based Falls Prevention Program that helps individuals improve their daily functioning activities. To learn more about Tai Chi exercise for better balance and movement, attend the FREE WCA Diabetes event on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at WCA Hospital Auditorium at 207 Foote Avenue, Jamestown.

Jamestown, New York (Tuesday, October 27, 2015)— As part of the WCA Hospital Diabetes event, VOTE YES For Good Diabetes Health, to be held on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sally Kier, Jamestown YMCA instructor, will teach and demonstrate an evidenced-based Falls Prevention Program that improves overall balance and reduces falls to attendees.  The exercise demonstration will be held during the WCA Diabetes event in the WCA Hospital Auditorium, on 207 Foote Avenue, Jamestown.  The public including health agencies and partners are encouraged to attend.
Presented by Sally Kier, YMCA Instructor, the purpose of the program is based on Tai Chi “Swing and Swag” movements that create better performance of daily functioning activities.   “Our goal is to introduce a program that incorporates “Swing and Sway” based Tai Chi movements for better performance of daily functional activities,” said Alana Moore, Jamestown YMCA instructor and certified Zumba® instructor.  “The program helps older adults improve their balance and reduce the likelihood of falling while improving muscle strength, flexibility and mobility.”

“Diabetes prevention and exercise go hand in hand,” said Kerry Mihalko, RD, CDE, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at the WCA Diabetes Education Center.  “Exercise can help individual’s lower blood glucose and blood pressure; lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol; improve the body’s ability to use insulin; lower the risk for heart disease and stroke; and keep the heart and bones strong.  Physical exercise comes in many different forms and I encourage individuals to start small by incorporating some type of daily movement and exercise into their daily lives.”

The WCA Hospital Diabetes event on November 3rd will also include free blood pressure checks, foot screening by area podiatry physicians, Darrell Hoppes, DPM, and Anthony Tuccio, DPM, FACFAS, (must register for foot screening by calling 664-8677), free fall risk assessments by WCA physical therapy team, grip testing by WCA Occupational Therapy team, snacks, and giveaways.  The YMCA staff will present simple and easy exercise demonstrations.  Individuals are invited to take the type 2 diabetes risk test during the event and take home resources that help residents prevent or manage diabetes.  See the very latest in insulin pumps, glucose monitors, and treatments and meet WCA diabetes education team.  Guests can enter to win a sugar free gift tower door prize.  First 200 guests receive a free personalized tote bag! 

To learn more about the 12-week Falls Prevention Program or for a schedule of  group exercise classes at the Jamestown and Lakewood YMCA, visit or by visiting the Jamestown or Lakewood YMCA Welcome Centers.  Advanced registration is required.

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