Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

September 16, 2013

Get moving to a healthier new you at Fair Park

By Tina Taylor
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — Vicki Halfacre is a two-time cancer survivor who also has rheumatoid arthritis.

"I have always worked in high stress positions until one day my body said no more! Thank goodness that I found Tai Chi. It has shown me a new kind of normal. I never knew what it could feel like not being stressed. It has helped me more than words can describe," Halfacre said.

"I was in very poor physical and mental health," she continued. "My doctor insisted on me finding a Tai Chi class. When I first started I was in so much pain from RA that I didn’t think I could get through the first class. My husband encouraged me to try it again and within a few weeks I started my journey back to health.

"Tai Chi Yang Long Style has 108 movements so you can imagine how that might help your memory. I became more flexible, my balance improved, I had less pain, my mental health improved, and there are so many other benefits. Tai Chi is non-jamming to your joints and is therefore a safe form of exercise for most people regardless of age and it is fun," Halfacre added.

Tai Chi is what the National Arthritis Foundation recognizes as a great way to deal with the disease instead of so much pain medicine, which most people use.

Halfacre has taught this form of Tai Chi in the past, and is now excited about bringing this ancient art form to the Fair Park Senior Center to share what she has found to help her, and she is sure it will help others. Starting Sept. 30, her class will be held every Monday and Wednesday mornings from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

The center also has a good Tai Chi class on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. with Angie Bedard and Jack Brady.

Happy Feet Tap dance lessons will be starting again with instructor Billie Brandon on Friday afternoons from 2 to 3 p.m. So get your taps out and get signed up to learn to day.

Ballroom dance will be starting Oct 1 with Cheron Stenson and her new dance partner David Sheffield. Please sign up. Dance your way to better health. Doctor and others may be telling you to get moving and get active. You can do that at the Fair Park Senior Center. The center is at 1433 Livingston Rd. in Crossville and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit their website (http://www.fairparkseniorcenter.org) to learn more or call 484-7416.