A popular tai chi class sponsored by Illinois Valley Community Hospital
that met twice weekly in a room at Peru Mall for almost 20 years is moving
to the Illinois Valley YMCA.
The class—offered free of charge by IVCH as a community service—will
start meeting at the Illinois Valley Y in Peru at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, January
7, and then meet every Tuesday and Thursday thereafter.
The last tai chi session at Peru Mall will be Thursday, December 19. The
class is leaving the mall because of the expiration of the hospital’s
contract for space there.
“Tai chi is a low-impact exercise program that is very popular with
older adults. Our classes usually have 60 to 80 participants per session.
That’s why we’re happy we can continue them at the Y.”
said Joan Fernandez, IVCH director of community relations and marketing.
Dave Potthoff, YMCA chief executive officer, said IVCH tai chi participants
will not have to be Y members to attend the class at its new location.
Class sessions will continue to be taught by IVCH staff.
“We are very grateful to the YMCA for offering us the space to continue
our tai chi program,” said Fernandez. “The hospital’s
tai chi classes have developed quite a devoted following through the years
and we’re delighted we can keep them going”