September is National Fall Prevention Awareness Month

Exciting things will be happening all month in honor of National Fall Prevention Awareness Day, First Day of Fall.

Heather with Dr Paul Lam, TCHI Founder and Dr Richard Carmona, 17th US Surgeon General

We enjoyed numerous wonderful events in 2017. Check this space for September 2018 Fall Prevention Awareness events, culminating in Dr Lam coming to Phoenix AZ in October. register for Dr Lam workshops

Falls are NOT a natural part of the aging process.  Programs such as the evidence based,  Tai chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention program,  endorsed by the CDC, National council on Aging,  Arthritis Foundation, and more,   help millions of people every day to gain strength, balance, mobility, and friendships.   Locally instructors offer weekly classes designed to be safe, effective, and enjoyable.  Ask Master Trainer, Heather Chalon, MPH how you can participate in classes,  learn how to become a practice leader or instructor,  bring the program to your location.

Many people think falls are a normal part of aging. The truth is, they’re not. Most falls can be prevented—and you have the power to reduce your risk.

Exercising, managing your medications, having your vision checked, and making your living environment safer are all steps you can take to prevent a fall.

Every year on the first day of fall, we celebrate National Falls Prevention Awareness Day to bring attention to this growing public health issue. To promote greater awareness and understanding here are 10 common myths—and the reality—about older adult falls:

Myth 1: Falling happens to other people, not to me.

Reality: Many people think, “It won’t happen to me.” But the truth is that 1 in 4 older adults fall every year in the U.S.

Myth 2: Falling is something normal that happens as you get older.

Reality: Falling is not a normal part of aging. Strength and balance exercises, managing your medications, having your vision checked and making your living environment safer are all steps you can take to prevent a fall.

Myth 3: If I limit my activity, I won’t fall.

Reality: Some people believe that the best way to prevent falls is to stay at home and limit activity. Not true. Performing physical activities will actually help you stay independent, as your strength and range of motion benefit from remaining active. Social activities are also good for your overall health.

Myth 4: As long as I stay at home, I can avoid falling.

Reality: Over half of all falls take place at home. Inspect your home for fall risks. Fix simple but serious hazards such as clutter, throw rugs, and poor lighting. Make simple home modifications, such as adding grab bars in the bathroom, a second handrail on stairs, and non-slip paint on outdoor steps.

Myth 5: Muscle strength and flexibility can’t be regained.

Reality: While we do lose muscle as we age, exercise can partially restore strength and flexibility. It’s never too late to start an exercise program. Even if you’ve been a “couch potato” your whole life, becoming active now will benefit you in many ways—including protection from falls.

Myth 6: Taking medication doesn’t increase my risk of falling.

Reality: Taking any medication may increase your risk of falling. Medications affect people in many different ways and can sometimes make you dizzy or sleepy. Be careful when starting a new medication. Talk to your health care provider about potential side effects or interactions of your medications.

Myth 7: I don’t need to get my vision checked every year.

Reality: Vision is another key risk factor for falls. Aging is associated with some forms of vision loss that increase risk of falling and injury. People with vision problems are more than twice as likely to fall as those without visual impairment. Have your eyes checked at least once a year and update your eyeglasses. For those with low vision there are programs and assistive devices that can help. Ask your optometrist for a referral.

Myth 8: Using a walker or cane will make me more dependent.

Reality: Walking aids are very important in helping many older adults maintain or improve their mobility. However, make sure you use these devices safely. Have a physical therapist fit the walker or cane to you and instruct you in its safe use.

Myth 9: I don’t need to talk to family members or my health care provider if I’m concerned about my risk of falling. I don’t want to alarm them, and I want to keep my independence.

Reality: Fall prevention is a team effort. Bring it up with your doctor, family, and anyone else who is in a position to help. They want to help you maintain your mobility and reduce your risk of falling.

Myth 10: I don’t need to talk to my parent, spouse, or other older adult if I’m concerned about their risk of falling. It will hurt their feelings, and it’s none of my business.

Reality: Let them know about your concerns and offer support to help them maintain the highest degree of independence possible. There are many things you can do, including removing hazards in the home, finding a fall prevention program in the community, or setting up a vision exam.


World Tai Chi and Qigong Day April 28, 2018 Chinese Health Day April 7, 2018

Please mark your calendar for Saturday April 28, 2018.  And if you are not already on my mailing list, please join so we can let you know about World Tai Chi and Qigong Day and other events: click here to sign up for announcements

This annual event is a world-wide movement:  One World, One Breath.  We gather in a park,  gathering qi from around the world, blessing it with our Tucson love and compassion, and sending it on to the next time zone.  It is an amazing experience.

April 7:   Public Health Week.   UofA, College of Public Health and Confucius Institute Chinese Health Day.  We will demonstrate Tai Chi for Health and Qigong.

More info for both events at   find flyers

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to hear about upcoming Workshops and Retreats!

Essential Healing Tao: A Qigong, Tao Meditation, Tao Y’in (yoga) Healing Retreat with Healing Tao Instructor Heather Chalon, MPH
Oracle AZ, August 26-28, 2016

Relaxation • Restoration • Rejuvenation

August 26 – 28, 2016.  Limited to 25 participants.

Feel Your Qi

Feel Your Qi

El Rancho Robles, Oracle, AZ. Conveniently located near Tucson & Phoenix

Heather Chalon, MPH, Certified Healing Tao Instructor, Senior Trainer TCHI, presents the fundamental practices of the Universal Healing Tao System as taught by Grandmaster Mantak Chia.
Learn the ‘secrets’ of ancient Taoist practices for deep healing of spirit, mind, and body. Open your natural source of wellness. Reveal your authentic life path.

May you breathe deeply in the fresh air, be inspired by the beauty of nature, luxuriate in the hospitality of the Historic El Rancho Robles, as you:
Experience the healing power of the fundamental Taoist meditations – Six Healing Sounds, Inner Smile, Micro Cosmic Orbit ; Play qigong, including 5 Animal Frolics, 8 Pieces of Brocade, Swimming Dragon; Exercise the muscle of soul, awaken the muscle of the spirit with Tao Y’in (gentle yet powerful Chinese yoga); Renew the senses and radiate natural beauty with Qi Self Massage; Delight in the theory of Five Elements, and learn how to nourish your whole Self.


  • Friday 8/26: Check in 2:00pm
    • 3:00 – 5:30pm, Intro 5 Elements, Qigong & Tao Meditation, 5:30-6:30 Dinner, 7:00 – 9:00pm Tao Y’in & Tao Meditation.
  • Saturday 8/27:
    • 7:00 – 8:00am, outdoor morning practice,  8:00-9:00 Breakfast. 9:30 – noon, 5 Elements in Action, Qigong, Tao Meditation, 12:00-1:00 Lunch, 1:00-2:30 Relax, Optional Acupuncture Treatment with Tim Iliff* 2:30 – 5:30pm, 5 Element Nutrition with Noelle Iliff, Tao Meditation, 5:30-6:30 Dinner, 7:00 – 8:30pm Tao Y’in.  8:30-10:00pm Taoist Disco.
  • Sunday 8/28: 7:00 – 8:00am Outdoor morning practice. 8:00-9:00 Breakfast. 10:30 – noon, Qigong and Meditation.   Noon – 1:00pm Lunch.  2:00  Departure.

*Licensed Acupuncturist Timothy Iliff with will be on-site to offer sessions all day Saturday.  Great for stress reduction,  pain relief, and more. Additional $75 fee.

  • All inclusive:  $495
  • (Contact Heather to inquire about small group discounts –
  • Non-participant (accommodation, meals only.  accompany a participant): $250

Payments may be made by mailing a check or on-line with a credit card


  • 7 Retreat Sessions
  • Luxury lodging
  • 6 nutritious gourmet meals
  • Snacks/tea breaks
  • Certificate of participation
  • 12 hours of credit toward Universal Healing Tao Associate instructor certification

Important Dates:

  • Registration deadline: August 5th
  • After August 5th, as space permits, contact Heather.
  • 50% cancellation fee after August 5th
  • 75% cancellation fee after August 21st

The Venue:

El Rancho Robles Guest Ranch offers an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy a romantic wild west experience with the perfect mix of   adventure and relaxation. The ranch is located in the historic town of Oracle, Arizona – nestled at the base of the magnificent Santa Catalina  Mountains. Whether you are warming up by the campfire or enjoying the cool mountain breeze in the ample shade of the oaks,  El Rancho Robles is a beautiful refuge.

Accommodations: Luxurious standard rooms, deluxe suites, and casitas. Shared occupancy.  Most with private bedroom. Requests for  private room will be taken at an additional $50/night/per person.

While you’re in Oracle

• Biosphere 2…an Earth systems science research facility located in Oracle, Arizona. Its mission is to serve as a center for   research, outreach, teaching and lifelong learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe. 520.838.6200

• Oracle State Park …set in the northeastern foothills of the Santa Catalina mountains. This park   covers nearly 4,000 acres of   diverse forest and desert terrain, offers incredible views of the surrounding mountain ranges, and serves as a wildlife refuge.  Enjoy 15 miles of  scenic hiking trails, take a guided tour, or visit the Kannally Ranch House Museum and gift shop.

• AZ Zipline Adventures …AZ’s longest eco-zipline tour.  Experience the beauty and majesty of the desert as you’ve never seen it before!  Easy short hikes and exhilarating zipline rides combine for an  exciting day of thrills and fun. 520.308.9350