Better Health With T’ai Chi Program May 18th

Free program at Golden Age Center, May 18

April 8, 2016 (Oberlin, KS) – Learn how T’ai Chi, a low-impact exercise program, can reduce stress and improve your health during a free program on Wednesday, May 18 at the Golden Age Center in Oberlin, Kan. Held from 3:00pm-4:00pm, the program is open to the public.

The T’ai Chi presentation is part of a monthly health and wellness series at the Golden Age Center. The programs are presented via interactive televideo (ITV) through Decatur Health System’s (DHS) membership in the Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA), the outreach division of The University of Kansas Cancer Center.

Bill Douglas, T’ai Chi instructor and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to T’ai Chi & Qigong, will facilitate the program. Douglas is part of a team of health program experts available through Turning Point: The Center for Hope & Healing.

“Coping with chronic disease and ongoing aches and pains can be stressful for patients and family members,” explains DHS social worker, Joanne Wendelin, LBSW. She adds, “Exercise like T’ai Chi can help reduce anxiety and provide other benefits, as well.”

Several years ago researchers in the UK and South Korea published research showing a direct correlation between the practice of T’ai Chi and an improved sense of emotional well-being. Harvard studies found a link between the practice of T’ai Chi and improved mobility and cardiovascular health.

“Although T’ai Chi is a very gentle form of exercise it has been shown to have a big impact on health,” says Brooke Groneman, Director of Outreach for MCA.

To participate in the free T’ai Chi program on Wednesday, May 18 from 3pm-4pm and get information about other upcoming free health programs please call 785-475-3222.


About Decatur Health Systems provides preventive, healing and rehabilitative services through a system that links services in rural and urban areas. DHS aims to preserve the dignity of each individual regardless of creed, race, sex, age, disability or social status; strives to achieve and maintain standards of excellence in all aspects of health care and operate the facility in a cost-effective and financially responsible manner.

Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA) is the outreach division of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, is a membership-based organization that brings together cancer research, care and support professionals to advance the quality and reach of cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and survivorship in the Heartland.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.