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Health and Wellness

Four adult seniors in exercise clothing holding hand weights, water bottles, etc.

Contact Information

June Puett
Extension Agent
Phone: (423) 855-6113
Email: jpuett1@utk.edu

The Hamilton County Extension Office periodically offers Tai Chi classes, a Matter of Balance classes, and a wellness program for seniors called Sensational Seniors.

Tai Chi is appropriate for all fitness levels and can also be beneficial to those in wheelchairs. It can help improve the quality of life for people with arthritis and can also help prevent falls. It includes agile steps and exercises that may improve mobility, breathing and relaxation. The movements have higher stances, which make it easier and more comfortable to learn.

The purpose of a Matter of Balance Class is to help manage falls using practical strategies and to increase participants’ activity level. We talk about making changes to reduce fall risks, and we learn exercises to increase strength and balance.

Sensational Seniors is a wellness program designed to improve quality of life for older adults. It includes discussions around health, nutrition, staying active and much more.

Current Class Offerings

FREE Beginner Tai Chi Classes:

  • Learn warm-up, cool-down and 12 Tai Chi movements.
  • 8 one-hour sessions. Plan to attend all eight sessions!
  • Taught by Tai Chi for Health certified instructors.
  • Evidence-based to prevent falls, reduce arthritis symptoms, improve breathing and manage stress.
  • Tai Chi for Arthritis/Fall Prevention is slow and easy on joints – equivalent to moderate walking.
  • Social distancing and masks are highly encouraged.
  • Safety protocols subject to change based on University of Tennessee and host location guidelines.
  • All classes held outdoors. Email will be sent if individual classes are cancelled due to weather.
  • Bring a folding chair to first meeting if you have one.

Class Dates, Times and Locations:

  • Bachman Community Center
    • 2815 Anderson Pike; Signal Mountain
    • Class dates: Sept. 27, 30, Oct. 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21 (Monday and Thursday)
    • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST

To register for the Bachman class, email: director@bachmancc.org or call: (423) 886-4842

  • TN Riverwalk Amnicola Marsh North Entrance
    • Outdoor shady area on pavement
    • Near 2829 Amnicola Highway (turn next to Chattanooga Realty Center)
    • Class dates: Oct. 18, 20, 25, 27, Nov. 1, 3, 8, 10 (Monday and Wednesday)
    • 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. EST
  • Hixson Presbyterian Church
    • Covered outdoor pavilion
    • 1450 Jackson Mill Drive; Hixson
    • Class dates: Oct. 26, (skip 28), Nov. 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 (Tuesday and Thursday)
    • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • University of Tennessee Extension Office
    • Outdoor parking lot
    • 6183 Adamson Circle (off of Bonny Oaks Drive)
    • Class dates: Oct. 19, 21, 26, 28, Nov. 2, 4, 9, 11 (Tuesday and Thursday)
    • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Register here for these classes and indicate the location you will attend.

(If you are unable to register online, please call the UT Extension Office at (423) 209-8560).

Printable flyer is available.

** Class sizes are limited. Notify us immediately if you cannot attend. Check with your physician if you have medical concerns. Bring water. Wear sturdy shoes and comfortable clothing. Arrive on time for warm-ups. Do not attend class if you have COVID symptoms or have been exposed to a COVID-positive person.

To add your name to the interest list for future Health and Wellness Classes, please provide your contact information or call the Extension Office at (423) 209-8560