FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 9/7/15
Heather Chalon, MPH
Tai Chi Master Paul Lam MD will conduct an intensive workshop October 8-9 in Tucson, and will be recognized by the Canyon Ranch Institute as a Visiting Scholar on October 7 at 12 PM, at Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, 1295 N Martin Ave, Drachman Hall, Room 114.
Dr. Lam, Sydney, Australia, is a family physician and the director of the nonprofit Tai Chi for Health Institute. Internationally recognized as a tai chi expert, Dr. Lam developed the Tai Chi for Health programs to prevent falls as well as provide a safe physical activity for people with chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, arthritis and osteoporosis.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for people over age 65 is falling. One-third of seniors will fall each year, costing $34 billion. Falls often lead to a fear of falling which results in inactivity and decreased heath that exacerbate chronic diseases and decrease quality of life.
“This style of tai chi (Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Health) helps people from all circumstances regain, replenish and maintain their own natural health and vitality,” say Heather Chalon, of Tucson, who is a Senior Trainer for the Tai Chi for Health Institute.
Heather, who holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Arizona, is passionate about bringing this program to as many people as possible. She generously shares her time doing introductions to the form in the public library system, and is a consultant to health service organizations and has taught worksite wellness.
“As a holistic health advocate, I am passionate about sharing empowering tools that anyone can use to help themselves improve health and wellness,” Heather says. “The program I recommend is from the Tai Chi for Health Institute.”
Dr. Lam was born of Chinese parents who lived in Viet Nam and travelled to China as a small child. He eventually went to Australia, where he learned a new language and restarted his education. He went to medical school and wanted to find ways to reduce the effects of arthritis and the health problems he experienced caused by the abuses and starvation he experienced during childhood. He found relief through the practice of tai chi, which led to his life’s work as a family physician and tai chi master.