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Chinese Health Day, Sept. 22

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The Chinese Culture Festival opens on Saturday, September 22 with Chinese Health Day at the DeMeester Performance Center in Tucson's Reid Park. The free event is co-hosted by the University of Arizona's Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and the Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention & Health Promotion.

The health expo will feature performances by martial arts and tai chi masters Junmin Zhao and Junjie Feng from Shaolin, China, who performed at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games opening ceremony. Visitors will also learn about traditional Chinese medicine and how to cook healthy Chinese cuisine.

Public Health Ambassadors will be conducting health screenings and visitors can pick up a free copy of the Healthy Chinese Cookbook with recipes by Tucson's Chinese community.

Chinese Health Day is part of the week-long Chinese Culture Festival September 22-30 in Tucson. Hosted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona (CIUA), the festival will showcase Chinese wellness, poetry, film and music, with experts from China and the United States.

"lt is well known that people around the world are interested in the long history, extraordinary culture and recent economic advancement in China. More than 40 million people outside of China currently study Chinese," said Dr. Zhao Chen, professor of epidemiology at the Zuckerman College of Public Health and co-director of the CIUA. "The rise of Chinese language instruction in American schools has been a phenomenon even in places that don’t have a significant Chinese population."

For more information about Chinese Health Day and other activities during the Chinese Culture Festival, please visit the Confucius Institute website at:

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