ADULT PROGRAMS

Karate Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running
Adult Softball
Kite Festival
Special Olympics Yoga
Square Dancing Adult Volleyball
Tai Chi Tennis
Co-ed Mixed Doubles Tennis League
Co-ed 50+ Senior Tennis Play Days
Adult Basketball Golf Lessons
Beginner Sign Language Course Photography Classes
NEW! Adult Sewing Classes
NEW! Adult Pottery Classes
NEW! Creative Arts Class Beginner & Intermediate/Advanced Running Program
NEW! Classes for Dog Owners  

Refund Policy for Programs

Refunds may be given up to five (5) working days prior to the beginning of each program. If your cancellation causes the program number to fall below the required minimum, the refund will be contingent upon the vacancy being filled. After classes begin, refunds will be made for the following reasons only: 1) Illness or Injury 2) Moving from the Blount County area 3) Cancellation of the program by Parks & Rec. Refunds will be prorated according to the number of classes already held. All refunds are subject to a $5.00 administrative cost charge, unless the program has been cancelled by Parks & Rec.

Pre-Registration is Required for Most Programs!

WATCH FOR NEW PROGRAMS AND EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR!


As always recommended, please consult with your physician before starting any exercise program.


Golf Classes

Get Golf Ready – This program is designed to provide participants with a complete overview of the game of golf. Including the history of the sport, an introduction to the fundamentals including how to dress and act on the course, the purpose of each club, the art of chipping, pitching and hitting out of the green-side bunkers. You will be introduced to the fairway and how to use your irons, making and repairing divots, how to tee off, which metal-woods to use, scorekeeping, basic rules, and much more.

Dates:
August 5, 7, 12, 14
Time:
6:00-7:00 PM
Location:
Green Meadow Pro Shop, 1700 Louisville Road, Alcoa
Cost:
$80.00
Instructor:
Scott Wilson, Class A-PGA Professional and Staff


Tennis Lessons

Rain Policy:  All participants are responsible for calling Parks & Rec. at 983-9244 in the afternoon in the event of inclement weather.  Occasionally, decisions will need to be made at the courts. A make-up class will be held for each class cancelled with the make-up date determined by the instructor.

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Classes at John Sevier Park

Dates:
Session 1: Tues & Thurs, Sept. 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 (Rain Date: Sept. 25)
Session 2:
Tues & Thurs, Oct. 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 (Rain Date: Oct. 30)
Times:
5:00-6:00 PM Ages 12-Adult (Beginner & Intermediate)
Location:
Caroline Haynes Tennis Courts at John Sevier Park
Cost:
$55.00 per session ($3 Discount for additional siblings)
Instructor: Kevin Lablanc

Classes at Sandy Springs Park


Dates:
Session 1: Mon & Wed, August 4-13 (Rain Date: August 18)
Session 2: Mon & Wed, September 3-15 (Rain Date: Sept. 17)
Times:
5:30-7:00 PM Adults (Instruction and Doubles Play)
Location:
Jack Murphy Tennis Courts at Sandy Springs Park
Cost:
$55.00 per session ($3 Discount for additional siblings)
Instructor:
Marty Durand

Classes at Springbrook Park

Dates:
Session 3: Mon & Wed, October 13-22 (Rain Date: Oct. 27)
Times:
5:30-7:00 PM Adults (Instruction and Doubles Play)
Location:
Jack Murphy Tennis Courts at Sandy Springs Park
Cost:
$55.00 per session ($3 Discount for additional siblings)
Instructor:
Marty Durand


Adult Co-ed Mixed Doubles Tennis League

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This 8-week league is designed for Intermediate level tennis players and will be an 8-game format rotation. Winners will move up, and those with losses will move down on the courts. The goal is to play a three 8-game set each night of play. No subs are necessary, and if there ends up being an odd number of doubles, then the last odd number of doubles can play singles or sit out until the rotation starts over.

Dates:
Tuesdays, September 2 – October 21 (8 weeks)
Time:
6:00-8:00 PM
Location:
Springbrook Tennis Courts in Alcoa
Cost:
$20.00 per person
Player Level:
Intermediate (3.0 – 4.0)
Equipment Needed:
Participants must provide their own racquet.
Instructors: Karen Towle and Robby Paul


Co-ed 50+ Senior Tennis Play Days

A group of senior tennis players meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at the Caroline Haynes Tennis Courts at John Sevier Park throughout the year. Senior tennis players are welcome to join in at anytime by showing up at the courts for some fun and relaxed games of tennis. For more information, contact Jerry Tuggle at 865-789-6165.

Dates:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Time:
9:00-11:00 AM
*Start times change to 8:00 or 10:00AM based on season
Location:
Caroline Hayes Tennis Courts at John Sevier Park
Cost:
Free!
Player Level:
Any level
Equipment Needed:
Participants must provide their own racquet and
1 can of balls.
Instructors:
Jerry Tuggle (865-789-6165)

Wagon Wheelers Western Square Dance for All Ages


This group meets every Tuesday from 7:00-9:30 PM; 7-8 PM (Class) and 8:00-9:30 PM (Club) in the upstairs Dance Room at the Springbrook Recreation Center in Alcoa. Class begins every September. If you are interested in learning Western Square Dance or are an experienced dancer, please contact Betty Bowers at 865-805-8291 for more information.

 

Adult Karate Instruction

Parks & Rec. has partnered with Maryville Isshinryu Karate School to offer the following classes to both youth and adults. They are the oldest martial arts school in Blount County and are accredited by the International Isshinryu Karate Association. Participants will learn self defense, sparring techniques, kata and much more. Benefits of Karate include confidence, flexibility, concentration, balance, discipline and respect.

Adult Classes - Ages 12 & Up

Dates: Mondays & Thursdays - Classes are on-going with new students accepted at any time.
Time: 7:30-9:00 PM
Location: Springbrook Recreation Center
1537 Dalton Street, Alcoa, TN 37701
Cost: $120.00 per quarter (3 months) – Family rates available.
Registration:
Taken on-site at the first of each month.
Instructors: Bruce Guillaume, Mike Lewis, Jim Cobb, Pete Simmons, Shane Lenoir, Angie Higginbotham, Robbie Meisner, Scott DeWaard, Adam Tilley, Daniel Wilder and Jeff Grindstaff

Beginner & Intermediate/Advanced Running Program

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For Ages 18 & up and youth Ages 10 & up are welcome as long as accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the course. Participants should dress weather appropriate and bring a water bottle. As always recommended, please consult with your physician before starting any exercise program.

Beginner Level: This 10-week training program is structured to help you cross the finish line of your first 5K in 10 weeks at the Reindeer Run on December 7th (which is totally optional). This program focuses on beginners, but all levels of walkers and runners are welcome. Along the way, we’ll provide you with motivation to keep you moving, guidance and advice, weekly group training runs or walks, and educational clinics on topics such as proper nutrition, choosing the right gear and avoiding injury. Plus, you’ll have the camaraderie of others just like you.

Intermediate/Advanced Level: This program is designed for graduates of our Beginner program or for those who are able to run 3 miles at a steady pace with limited walking breaks. This 10-week training program is designed to teach you more advanced running techniques and to help you continue on you running journey in a supportive environment. In No Boundaries II, we want to help you beat your previous personal records and set new goals for yourself, while providing guidance, motivation, weekly group training runs, and more advanced educational clinics. We’ll also cover topics designed to help you improve your 5K time such as proper pacing and good form, as well as building on previous topics like nutrition, choosing the right gear and injury prevention.

Dates: Mondays, September 29 – December 1
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
Location: Springbrook Park Pavilion and Trail
Cost: Shahin Hadian, Fleet Feet Sports
Coach/Instructor:
$50 for the 10-week session
Each participant receives:
- Discount of $5entry fee for the Reindeer Run 5K
- Detailed weekly training schedule
- Weekly email with a focus topic and handouts
- Guidance and advice from an experienced coach
- New Balance technical t-shirt

2014 Annual

Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running

Triple Crown Rules

This event consists of the Spring Sprint (April 12), the Scholars Run (Aug. 9) and the Reindeer Run (Dec. 7).  To be eligible for the Triple Crown cash awards and a special memento, participants must compete in all three races.  To be eligible to win door prizes valued at a minimum of $100, participation in two races is required. Both runners and walkers at each event are eligible for great door prizes.

Scholars Run 5K Road Race & 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk

This event is a 5K (3.1-miles) road race and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk and is the second event of the Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running. The race begins and ends on the Maryville College campus. A portion of the proceeds from this race will fund two annual student scholarships sponsored by the Foothill Striders, Inc. Individual and team competition will take place. Special awards will be given to the Overall and Masters winners, the top three finishers in each age division, and to the top three teams in the 5K. All Fun Run/Walk participants will receive a ribbon.

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Date:
Saturday, August 9
Location:
Maryville College - Cooper Athletic Center
Time:
Check-in: 6:45-7:30 AM
5K Race: 8:00 AM
1-Mile Fun Run/Walk: 8:05 AM
Registration:
Entry forms may be obtained at Parks & Rec.
Mail form and fee to Scholars Run: P.O. Box 789, Alcoa, TN 37701-0789
On-line registration available at www.parksrec.com for an additional fee.
Cost:
If pre-registered at Parks & Rec. or online by 3PM Thursday, Aug. 7:
Adults $18.00 Students (18 & under) $15.00
Fee includes a race T-shirt. Add $1.50 for XXL shirt.
Day of race: Adults $25.00 Students $20.00
Cost includes a T-shirt and great giveaways.

Reindeer Run 5K Road Race & 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk

This run, which is the final leg of the Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running, is a 5K (3.1 miles) and a 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to the Empty Pantry Fund. Awards will be given to the Overall and Masters winners and the top three finishers in each age division. Prizes will also be given to the best male and female Christmas costume. All Fun Run/Walk participants will receive a ribbon. The Triple Crown of Running award ceremony will take place at this event.

Date: Sunday, December 7
Location: Maryville Municipal Parking Garage
Time: Check-in: 12:45-1:30 PM
5K Race: 2:00 PM
1-Mile Fun Run/Walk: 2:30 PM
Registration: Entry forms may be obtained at Parks & Rec.
Mail form and fee to Scholar’s Run: P.O. Box 789, Alcoa, TN 37701-0789
On-line registration available at www.parksrec.com for an additional fee.
Cost:
If pre-registered at Parks & Rec. or online by 3PM Thursday, Dec. 4:
Adults
$18.00 Students (18 & under) $15.00
Fee includes a race T-shirt. Add $1.50 for XXL shirt.
Day of race: Adults $25.00 Students $20.00
Cost includes a T-shirt and great giveaways.




Yoga Classes

A series of on-going Vinyasa style Yoga classes for Ages 12 & up are offered with emphasis on poses designed to increase strength, flexibility and balance.  Attention is also placed on breathing and how to better use our lungs as well as creating a mental calmness and cultivating a quiet and peaceful mind.

Supplies needed for all Yoga classes: Yoga mat, blanket, comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement

Certified Yoga Instructor: Tammy Lindsay

Beginner Class

Afraid of the word Yoga...but have always wanted to try it. Here is your chance. This class will explore the basic poses of yoga and the flow of putting the poses together.

Dates:
Session: Mondays, August 18 – September 22 (5-week session due to no class on Labor Day)
Session:
Mondays, September 29 – November 3

New participants may join class at any time during a session - cost prorated.

Classes will continue every 6 weeks if minimum enrollment is met.

Time:
5:15-6:00 PM
Location:
Everett Senior Center
Cost:
$40.00 per 6-week session (*$33.50 for 5-week session)

Gentle Flow for All Levels

Dates:
Current Session: Wednesdays, July 9 – August 13
Session: Wednesdays, August 20 – September 24
Session: Wednesdays, October 1 – November 5

New participants may join class at any time during a session - cost prorated.

Classes will continue every 6 weeks if minimum enrollment is met.

Time:
6:00-7:00 PM
Location:
Everett Senior Center
Cost:
$54.00 per 6-week session
$100.00 if combined with Get Fit class

Discount for participants taking both Gentle Flow class and Get Fit class!

Get Fit Yoga

This class combines the basic aspects of beginner-advanced yoga and adds strength training through core exercise and more.

Dates:
Current Session: Mondays, July 7 – August 11
Session: Mondays, August 18 – September 22 (5-week session due to no class on Labor Day)
Session: Mondays, September 29 – November 3

New participants may join class at any time during a session - cost prorated.
Classes will continue every 6 weeks if minimum enrollment is met.

Time:
6:00-7:00 PM
Location:
Everett Senior Center
Cost:
$54.00 per 6-week session (*$45.00 for 5-week session/$91.00 if combined with Get Fit Class)
$100 per 6-week session if combined with Gentle Flow class



Beginner Sign Language Course

For Ages 15 & Up

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Are you interested in learning American Sign Language (ASL) in order to communicate with a friend, family member or colleague who is deaf? If so, this course is for you! American Sign Language is a visual language, incorporating facial grammar, and made up of specific hand shapes and movements. It is the dominant language of the Deaf community, provides meaningful communication between hearing parents and deaf children, and brings people who happen to be hearing and deaf together. This beginner level ASL class will give you the opportunity to learn the manual alphabet, conversational signs, and develop communication skills. You will enjoy this fun and encouraging learning environment as you build your language skills in ASL! A minimum enrollment of 8 is required.

Dates: Thursdays, August 7 – September 11
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
Location: Everett Senior Center
Cost: $70.00 per 6-week session with all course materials included.
Instructor:
Carol LaCava, Coordinator of Educational Interpreting at UTK, and nationally certified interpreter through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). In addition to teaching ASL and interpreting courses, Carol is also co-founder of InterAct Children’s Theatre for the Deaf.



Photography Classes

For Ages 15 & Up

Photography for Beginners – DSLR and/or Advanced Point & Shoot (compact) Cameras


Would you like to take better pictures with your digital camera? Or at least know what all those settings mean? If you have a DSLR or advanced point & shoot (compact) digital camera then you will love this class! We’ll discuss fundamentals of your camera controls, and you will learn about balancing lighting, ISO and exposure controls, and creative photo composition. You’ll be ready to take better pictures of friends and family at those special events!

For maximum learning, you will need to bring your DSLR or advanced point & shoot digital camera (or both, if you have them). Class size is limited – be sure to sign up quickly.

Two different sessions cover the same material,
you can choose either 4 weeknights or one Saturday:


Dates: Session 1: Tuesdays, August 12 – September 2
Session 2: Tuesdays, October 21 – November 11
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
Location: Everett Senior Center – Computer Room
Cost: $40.00 for 4-week session
Instructor:
Owen Poveda

Dates: Session 1: Saturday, September 27
Session 2: Saturday, October 25
Time: 9:00 AM –1:00 PM
Location: Everett Senior Center – Computer Room
Cost: $40.00
Instructor:
Owen Poveda


Photography for Beginners

Using Your Camera, Cell Phone or Tablet

Do you enjoy taking digital pictures with your cell phone or tablet, but are not satisfied with the results? Bring your camera, cell phone, or tablet for a fun introduction to "Taking Better Photos" with Jim Eastin. Jim specializes in making complex concepts easy to understand and remember, and will help you learn how to take better pictures with whatever device you have on hand. Jim is a featured lecturer at Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge, teaches classes for all ages, and conducts photo tours of the Smokies.

Date: Thursday, September 4
Time: 5:30-7:30 PM
Location: Everett Senior Center – Computer Room
Cost: $20.00
Instructor:
Jim Eastin


Adult Sewing Classes

Introduction to Hand Embroidery

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Hand embroidery is making a comeback and is the perfect take-it-with-you activity to learn! Embroider a project or embellish another creation. The variety of patterns on the market today is not your grandmother's embroidery! This class will get you started. You will prepare the fabric, learn different ways of transferring a pattern, learn a handful of stitches and leave with your first project well underway! This class includes a plastic embroidery hoop, cotton fabric, a variety of embroidery thread and a needle. Class materials are included in the course fee. Minimum registration of 4. Note: Due to purchase of materials, registration ends on Monday, September 1.

Date:
Saturday, September 6
Time:
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location:
Springbrook Recreation Center – Room 102
Cost:
$50.00 (includes all materials)
Instructor:
Aimee Davis


New! Sewing – Pillowcase Dress

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This class will teach you how to make a simple pillowcase dress for little girls. We’ll learn to cut out a pattern and piece together this simple dress that is popular all over Pinterest. It's the perfect dress for babies to older kids. Sewing machines, pattern and thread are provided. This is a great project for those with a basic knowledge of how to use a sewing machine. Class is limited to 6 participants.

Date:
Saturday, September 20
Time:
10:00 AM – 1:30 PM (bring a lunch/snack)
Location:
Springbrook Recreation Center – Room 102
Cost:
$40.00
Materials Needed: 1-3 yards of cotton fabric (depending upon size) and a spool of 1 inch wide coordinating ribbon
Feel free to bring your own sewing machine if you are able to thread it and wind a bobbin on your own 
Instructor:
Aimee Davis


New! Sewing – PJ Pants

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Sewing a pair of pants is one of the simplest sewing projects that a novice seamstress can take on. With just 2 ½ yards of fabric and a little elastic you can make the perfect pair of lounge pants that fit your personality. We will learn how to cut out a pattern and piece together a simple pair of elastic pants. Sewing machines, pattern and thread are provided. This is a great project for those with a basic knowledge of how to use a sewing machine. Minimum registration of 4.

Date:
Saturday, October 11
Time:
10:00 AM – 1:30 PM (bring a lunch/snack)
Location:
Springbrook Recreation Center – Room 102
Cost:
$40.00
Materials Needed: Students will need to bring 2 ½ yards of cotton or cotton flannel fabric and 1 pack of ¾ inch non-roll elastic
Feel free to bring your own sewing machine if you are able to thread it and wind a bobbin on your own.
Instructor:
Aimee Davis


New! Adult Pottery Classes

Introduction to Throwing

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This class is a fun and total hands-on foundation course on throwing on the wheel. Students are guided in a step-by-step process and will learn how to center, pull a pot, and trim. Students will learn to throw various shapes leading to successful bowls, mugs, cups, vessels, etc. to take home to their families to enjoy. All work goes through two kiln firings; the second firing will make the pottery safe for food and drink, as well as use in the microwave and dishwasher. We use only health-approved clays and glaze-materials. Class includes clay and all firing and glaze materials.

Dates: Session 1: Tuesdays, September 9-30
Session 2: Tuesdays, October 7- 28
Session 3: Tuesdays, November 4- 25
Time: 5:00-6:30 PM
Location: Studio 212, 217 East Broadway Avenue, Maryville, TN 37804
Cost: $80.00 per 4-week session (includes all materials)
Instructor:
Leanne Moe


New! Creative Arts Class

Create a Unique Smoky Mountain Gift for the Holidays

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Combine scrapbooking techniques with authentic, preserved Smoky Mountain area leaves to create a holiday card that doubles as a gift that recipients can frame as a memory of a special occasion. Cindy Johnson, owner and designer at Smoky Mountain Leaf Works, will lead the class in crafting a special design appropriate for Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. Please bring a sharpened pencil and sharp scissors. This one-time class is suitable for ages 12 and up. Class members will leave with a handmade 5 x 7 greeting card and envelope within a protective acrylic sleeve.
Date: Tuesday, November 4
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Location: Everett Senior Center – Art Room
Cost: $23.00 (includes materials)
Instructor:
Cindy Johnson





New! Classes for Dog Owners

These courses are for owners – you do not bring your pet to class.

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We’re excited to announce a new series of workshops for all dog owners – and potential owners! Learn how to better communicate with your dog for a more successful partnership. We’ll teach you important aspects of animal behavior, communication skills, learning capabilities – all to help you become the best pet owner you can be. Whether you have older or younger canine companions, you will benefit from these classes. They will be especially useful if you are planning to train your dog, or considering becoming a pet owner for the first time.

Class sizes are limited, so be sure to sign up quickly! A minimum enrollment of 10 is required for each class.

Canine Communication

This session will look at how dogs communicate with each other and with humans. Effective training can only occur when we “speak” the same language. Learn how to modify your behavior in order to appropriately act or react to your dog’s specific behaviors. This course will help you develop clear and concise communication skills before attempting to train your canine companion.

Date:
Monday, October 6
Time:
6:15-7:15 PM
Location:
Everett Senior Center – Computer Room
Cost:
$17.00
Instructor:
Heather Wilkerson

Canine Health & Maintenance

In this course, you will learn about canine health check points/proper grooming and bathing procedures, common emergencies, basic first aid, canine communicable diseases and parasite identification and prevention. We’ll also discuss nutritional requirements, canine digestive systems, dog food ingredients (what does the label really reveal?) and physical conditioning. Learn how to care for the overall health of your dog in this informative 2-hour class.

Date:
Monday, October 27
Time:
6:15-8:15 PM
Location:
Everett Senior Center – Computer Room
Cost:
$32.00
Instructor:
Heather Wilkerson

About the instructor:
Heather Wilkerson is the owner of Savannah Springs K-9 Center in Lenoir City, and has a strong background in training dogs for law enforcement and emergency services. Heather is currently a Canine Search Specialist, Instructor, and Evaluator for a Federal Urban Search & Rescue Task Force in Tennessee. She trains service dogs for children and adults with physical and psychological disabilities, and currently serves as a Canine Program Manager for Smoky Mountain Service Dogs. She has a strong interest in human and animal interaction as she has seen the benefits of this through her work with service dogs.


Adult Volleyball

Leagues available for both men and women Ages 16 & up.

Registration: September 22 – October 24
Online registration not available - in-office only
Season: Tentatively begins November 3 with teams playing
on Monday or Tuesday night (12-game season)
Cost: Everett Recreation Center
Location: $250.00 per team


Adult Basketball

Leagues available for both men and women Ages 16 & up.

Registration: September 22 – October 24
Online registration not available - in-office only
Season: Tentatively begins November 3 (12-game season)
Cost: Everett Recreation Center
Location: $440.00 per team plus $3.50 per player



Tai Chi Classes

Starting January 2015

Adult Beginner and Intermediate Tai Chi classes are held twice a week in 8-week sessions at the Everett and Springbrook Recreation Centers beginning in January. Tai Chi is a progressive exercise that increases flexibility, muscular strength, and fitness with many other advantages. This specialized program has shown to help decrease the discomfort of all forms of arthritis, fibromyalgia and tendonitis. The program, which exercises the muscles and tissue around the joints, results in better support and protection of the joints and is suitable for all ages. Tai Chi exercises are designed to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis, fibromyalgia and tendonitis using Sun style Tai Chi, one of the four major recognized styles of Tai Chi. This style includes agile steps and exercises that have been known to improve mobility, breathing and relaxation. The movements do not require deep bending or squatting, which makes it easier and more comfortable to learn. It is especially suitable as an exercise because its movements are slow and gentle, and the level of exertion is adjustable to suit each person's physical condition. These elements of exercise also aid in the recovery from surgery, illness and rehabilitation. For information about these programs phone 865-803-8887 for assistance, fax questions to 865-982-3808 or visit our web site at SmokyMountainWellness.com

Course Descriptions:

Level 1
This course includes introduction to the principles of Tai Chi and Arthritis Foundation® Tai Chi Sun Style 12 Form. Qi Gong exercises are included. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $90.00*

Level 2
This course advances from the Sun Style to the Arthritis Foundation® Sun Style 31 Form. Qi Gong exercises are included in this program. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $90.00*

Exploring Tai Chi and Qi Gong Forms
A practice session for individuals who have completed the Level 1 and 2 Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi courses designed to bring your practice to another level Qi Gong, Sun 73, Yang and Chen Forms shared. Pre-registration is required. Fee $60.00*

*Humana Flex and Silver Sneakers Accepted
Smoky Mountain Wellness has added Healthways FLEX to Community Health Fitness Programs. This does not limit access to the Smoky Mountain Wellness programming but gives an opportunity to those who receive these benefits from their health plan to attend. The companies that support this program are: AARP Medicare Complete® by United Health Care, AARP® Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan, Amerigroup, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, HealthSpring, Humana, UnitedHealthcare®, and Windsor Health Plan. Check your policy to see if you qualify. For information about these programs phone 865-803-8887 for assistance or Fax questions to 865-982-3808 or go to SmokyMountainWellness.com

Tai Chi for Arthritis - News! The Administration on Aging (AoA) evidence-based programs review committee found the Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program to meet the highest-level criteria for AoA's evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion programs. The Tai Chi Program information is now listed on the Title IIID Highest-Level Criteria Evidence-Based Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Programs Cost Chart. This chart is linked on the AoA Title IIID webpage under highest-level criteria examples. Last year, the Arthritis Foundation's Exercise and Walk With Ease Programs were approved.

Instructors are Donna Dixon and Mary Pope, who are both highly qualified to teach this class. Open Houses will be offered throughout the year for those interested to try-out the program free of charge. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about several Arthritis Foundation Programs to help everyone be more active in preventing or better managing arthritis. The programs are excellent for those beginning a fitness program or those wanting to stay active with group support and learning opportunities.

Sessions are held throughout the year beginning January 2015 for all Tai Chi skill levels. Space is limited. For more information, call Smoky Mountain Wellness at 865-803-8887, email at donnasuedixon@hotmail.com or visit www.smokymountainwellness.com for information and course registration forms.