A Dao De Xin Xi health and exercise workshop was opened by Chief Executive – Paiboon Upattising on March 24 2014, at Satree Phuket School. Also in attendance were PPAO Advisor – Boonserm Suwannarathphoom, Chief Administrator – Watcharin Pathomwattanapong, Council Chairperson – Pradit Saengchan, Council Secretary – Kraiwut Kumban, Council Members – Theera Jiasakul and Opas Chopdee, Division Heads, workshop speakers, and participants.
The workshop, held from March 24 – 26 2014 and entitled “Developing Life Force for Health,” was the first in series of three and was participated by 250 attendees, made up of local school teachers, PPAO staff, and members of the public. Activities at the workshop included lectures on developing health, mind training, ethical communication, exercise demonstrations, and developing the right brain. Speakers included experts in these fields such as Prof Dr Ratchanee Udomsaengpet and a team of Dao De Xin Xi teachers.
Mr Watcharin explained that the fund for the program was allocated by the Public Health Division of PPAO and its objectives are to develop a sense of ethic and promote basic health to members of the public. The techniques learned can be used by attendees or taught to family members thus increasing the quality of life for all.
He continued to say that health promotion has always been at the forefront of PPAO’s public policy. Therefore it has joined force with the Phuket Dao De Xinxi Club, who has over 1,000 members in the three districts of Phuket, to organize these exercise programs and workshops regularly for members of the public.
Dao De Xin Xi is a modified exercise technique derived from Tai Chi. It focuses on slow but mindful movements, which are simple to do. If done regularly, Dao De Xin Xi has the power to increase immunity and circulation as well as rejuvenating the brain.
Mr Paiboon believes the exercise can improve the quality of life of some bed-ridden patients he visited while leading Phuket Care program. PPAO, in collaboration with the Phuket Dao De Xin Xi club, has been promoting and funding this exercise program in all of the public parks, and judging from the increasing number of people who take part daily at the designated parks, he believes the program, together with the availability of the health park, has achieved its objectives of promoting healthy body and mind of attending members of the public.
He ended by thanking all concerned and urged participants, most of whom are teachers, to pass the techniques on to their students and family members.