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The CDC Takes a Closer Look at Taiji Quan
According to Fox.com (Apr. 19, 2010,)more than 350 people are participating in the study by the by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC,) who are now paying closer attention to the benefits of the art.
A CDC finding that tai chi for arthritis rates as "evidence-based" could mean that the relaxed, mindful exercise could help countless people in publicly funded programs across the country. Smaller studies have concluded that tai chi improves strength and balance in people with arthritis. As a general guideline, people can take part in a tai chi session that lasts as long as they can walk comfortably.
It seems that as early as 2007, the CDC was interested in a more in-depth study of Taiji’s benefits for the elderly. In June 2007, CDC developed an interagency agreement with the Administration on Aging (AoA). AoA currently provides 24 states with three-year grants that are designed to mobilize the aging, public health, and non-profit networks at the state and local level. Of the 24 AoA grants, four evidence-based fall prevention models were being implemented: Matter of Balance, Stepping On, Tai Chi, and Step by Step.
Taking a look at the Preventing Falls: What Works, 2008 pamphlet available on the CDC web site,
A quote on p.7 states the following results:
"This study compared the effectiveness of a 6-month program of Tai Chi classes with a program of stretching exercises. Participants in the Tai Chi classes had fewer falls and fewer fall injuries, and their risk of falling was decreased 55 percent."
A similar study with similar conditions done in Atlanta, Georgia, yielded similar results (p.18.) The study compared a 15 week program of a condensed 10 movement Taiji form to a balance training program. After 4 months, the risk of falling more than once among participants was almost half that of people in the comparison group.
For more information, please visit www.cdc.gov
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