Easing ills through Tai Chi

Researchers study the benefits of this mind-body exercise.

Catherine Kerr Easing ills through Tai Chihas found an antidote for the hectic pace of laboratory life in the daily practice of tai chi. This centuries-old Chinese mind-body exercise, now gaining popularity in the United States, consists of slow-flowing, choreographed meditative movements with poetic names like “wave hands like clouds,” “dragons stirring up the wind,” and “swallow skimming the pond” that evoke the natural world. It also focuses on basic components of overall fitness: muscle strength, flexibility, and balance.

“Doing tai chi makes me feel lighter on my feet,” says Kerr, a Harvard Medical School (HMS) instructor who has practiced for 15 years. “I’m stronger in my legs, more alert, more focused, and more relaxed—it just puts me in a better mood all around.” Although she also practices sitting meditation and does a lot of walking, she says that the impact of tai chi on her mood were so noticeable—even after she was diagnosed with a chronic immune system cancer—that she has devoted her professional life to studying the effects of mind-body exercise on the brain at Harvard’s Osher Research Center. (more…)

Nevada Governor Sandoval joins Healing Moves Foundation to highlight the value of exercise

HMF-Proclamation---2015Governor Brian Sandoval and the State of Nevada have teamed up with the Healing Moves Foundation and the American College of Sports Medicine to celebrate May 2015 as Exercise is Medicine™ Month. Governor Sandoval signed the proclamation calling on health care organizations, physicians, and other professionals, regardless of specialty, to access, to advocate for, and to review every patient’s physical activity program during each comprehensive visit.

We are currently facing an “inactivity epidemic”.  The Exercise is Medicine™ initiative is committed to the belief that exercise and physical activity are integral to the prevention and treatment of chronic disease and should be regularly assessed as part of medical care.

Storage Charity Auction Showdown to Benefit Children with Health Challenges

Storage Charity AuctionJoin the fast paced action as the bidding begins at the Avison Young Storage Charity Auction set for September 14!  This community fundraising event pits local businesses and community leaders against each other in the ultimate Storage Auction showdown.  Modeled after the popular T.V. show Storage Wars, this action-packed day promises to deliver.

All of the money raised at the Storage Charity Auction will help the Healing Moves Foundation send children with health challenges to recreational camps and programs created for their specific needs. (more…)

Physical Activity Guidelines: A Letter to Congress

Boy playing Please help support the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Act!  This bill would direct the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to prepare and promote physical activity guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence at least every ten years.  It would also require HHS to publish a midcourse report every five years highlighting best practices and continuing issues relating to physical activity.

Given the strong base of science and medicine that shows the benefits of exercise, every American needs to know the current physical activity recommendations to promote health and combat obesity. (more…)

Tips on Exercising After a Transplant

“When I was in the operating room before my liver transplant surgery, my team of doctors told me that I was quite healthy except for being in liver failure,” says liver recipient Debbie Pinjuv.   “It seemed like an odd statement to me then, but now I understand what my doctors were saying.  My other organs were still functioning, and I didn’t have a lot of additional medical problems.  The thing that kept me strong and helped me survive the seven year wait on the UNOS National Transplant List was the exercise I did throughout my illness.” (more…)

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