CDPHP Announcement - Teach Tai Chi for Diabetes

Learn to Teach Tai Chi for Diabetes

Two-day Workshop in Anchorage, June 21-22, 2014

Older woman practicing Tai Chi for Diabetes

A two-day teaching certification workshop, with Dr. Paul Lam, will be held on the campus of the University of Alaska, Anchorage on Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22, 2014.  In addition to instruction by Dr. Lam, two Master Trainers and one Senior Trainer from the Tai Chi for Health Institute will be supporting Dr. Lam.

Registration before April 22, 2014, will be $315 (after April 23, $350).
CEUs will be available for an additional $25 fee. 
Lodging is available on the UAA campus for approximately $45 per night.

When it comes to getting the recommended amount of physical activity needed for each week, it is important to pick enjoyable activities that match a person’s needs. Tai chi is a gentle, enjoyable and effective form of exercise that can result in improved management of diabetes.

The National Institutes of Health lists hundreds of studies which have investigated aspects of diabetes in relation to the use of tai chi exercises.  In August 2013, the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi was published, summarizing a large volume of studies indicating ways that using tai chi could improve specific health outcomes in the management of diabetes.

 Drawing on the information in the Harvard Medical School’s text, Angela Valdez, Certified Diabetes Educator from Barrow, presented the following summary at the 2013 Alaska Native Diabetes Conference.

“Tai Chi is a safe and effective way to help your patients with diabetes increase activity.  Tai chi is shown to be effective for blood pressure control, improving quality of life, reducing inflammation, and improving balance.”

 For more information or to register for this workshop see the attached brochure below or please contact:

 Glen Ray (Local Coordinator) or Becky Rahe (National Coordinator)


For more information about Chronic Disease Self-Management visit Living Well Alaska: Better Choices, Better Health or go to the Diabetes Prevention and Control program page to find out about their efforts to reduce the burden of diabetes in Alaska.