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Oh we do like Tai Chi beside the seaside …. and we’re still young enough to do it

11 October 2019

Oh we do like Tai Chi beside the seaside …. and we’re still young enough to do it.

More than 60 Norfolk residents aged 50 plus met at sunrise on Gorleston beach and took part in a special Tai Chi Qigong session to launch a new Norfolk County Council public health campaign.

“Still young enough to…” will celebrate Norfolk’s older residents – from retirement onwards.

It will encourage them to be proud of their “later years” and show how, by staying healthy, active and involved, they can push back frailty and live a full and independent life.

The special 45-minute Tai Chi Qigong launch event was led by one of the UK’s leading practitioners, Norfolk-based Deniz Paradot of IQ for Health who is backing the campaign alongside partners from public health, sports bodies, adult learning and the voluntary sector.

Tai Chi is a celebrated for its ability to help build muscle strength, improve balance, and boost your mental health which are particularly important as you get older.

Cllr Bill Borrett, Norfolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Public Health and Prevention said: “The residents of Norfolk are clear that they want to stay independent for longer and this great event shows that they are happy to try new things to keep them well.

“We all have a role to play in maintaining our health and by making a few simple changes we can increase our quality of life for much longer. Also as the number of people reaching retirement continues to grow we can ease the pressure on health and social care services by doing more to look after our own well-being, something where everyone benefits.”

Deniz Paradot said: "Bringing together people for an event like this is not only important for their health but it also encourages a sense of community amongst us all.”

Dr Louise Smith, Director of Public Health at Norfolk County Council said: “This event will kick start a 12-month campaign to support people either retired or approaching retirement to continue to live fit, active and fulfilling lives.

"We want people across Norfolk to be able to live longer and healthier lives and continue to contribute to their community. The key thing is to choose something you enjoy, that you can incorporate into your daily routine, whether it’s walking the dog, taking up a new active hobby or playing with your grandchildren in the park.

It may not be going to the gym but these activities will still count towards the recommended weekly 150 minutes of activity."

71 year old Barry Hall from Fleggburgh attended the Tai Chi event: “Daily dog walking, and regular trips to my allotment keep me fit and healthy. For me it’s about making my hobbies and interests work for my health. Coming along to the Tai Chi event today has given me the chance to try out something different that I certainly wouldn’t have done before. Growing older is all in the mind, keeping my mind and body active now is surely going to help me in the years to come’.”

Further information about "still young enough to..." campaign is available at www.norfolk.gov.uk/stillyoungenough

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