Tai chi and chronic disease

I collect statistics related to my wellness studies and want to share a few with you that I found recently. Tai chi is part of my wellness plan, along with nutrition awareness.

Chronic diseases account for more than 75% of national health care costs, and for 7 out of 10 deaths. Many chronic diseases are preventable because they are related to lifestyle choices. For example, 2013 was the first year that more people died from symptoms of overeating than from starvation. Talk-show host Montel Williams, who has multiple sclerosis, said this in a youtube.com video I recently saw.

Eating fruits and vegetables and exercising can have immense positive impacts on your psychological health.

We can use conscious thought to change our physicality. This is pure tai chi thinking.

People may think they can rely on medical treatment alone and give up their own responsibility for their health. So true and I believe that taking up tai chi is a way to overcome this tendency and make healthcare “Self-Care.”

What is the fastest growing demographic group in the United States? People who are 100 and over years old. From Dan Buettner TEDed presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff40YiMmVkU