Mark Twain Health Care District sponsors new exercise program

Tai-Chi is among the exercises being taught.

In recognition of National Falls Prevention Day, the Mark Twain Health Care District (MTHCD) is introducing a new exercise program to encourage senior residents throughout the county to stay active on Sept. 22 from 10 a.m to 12noon at the Murphys Senior Center, 65 Mitchler Ave., according to a MTHCD press release.

The program, called Stay Vertical Calaveras, is sponsored by Mark Twain Health Care District, Your Health, Our Mission – since 1946. “Through community collaboration, we serve as the stewards of a community health system that ensures our residents have the dignity of access to care that provides high quality, professional and compassionate health care.” For more information, visit

The kick-off of the new program will highlight the multiple opportunities throughout Calaveras County to join a free exercise class and keep community members active.

Exercise demonstrations and refreshments will be available.

The classes will focus on Tai Chi and strength training for low impact exercise to help with flexibility, balance and stability for fall prevention. Other benefits achieved from these classes are enhanced mental capacity, help with arthritis pain and promotion of deep breathing, the release states.

One in four Americans aged 65-plus falls every year, the release states.

According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls are costly – in dollars and in quality of life, however, falling is not an inevitable part of aging.

Through a gentle exercise program to increase strength and balance, a person can substantially reduce their falling and save their life.

Stay Vertical Calaveras is looking for more location sites to hold classes. If anyone is available to host a class, contact Steve Shetzline for more information at or (209) 915-2450.


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