For the 5th Annual Asian Heritage Awards, 2007, six people were nominated in the category of Medicine and Health. The award was granted to Henry Cheng, a Tai Chi master among five medical doctors. Henry Cheng was also one of the top five people who received the most votes among candidates of all categories.
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HENRY CHENG, for 27 years, has educated the general public about Tai Chi, Chi Kung and Acupressure through speeches and demonstrations to promote preventive health; and especially to improve the quality of life for those who are affected by injuries, arthritis, Parkinson's disease, heart attacks and strokes. Through the Tai Chi Wellness Center, which he opened in 2004, Master Cheng is collaborating with San Diego State University to conduct a survey on the long-term effect of Tai Chi on bone density. He plans to lobby for insurance coverage for Tai Chi and acupressure, just as acupuncture is covered by many forms of health insurance. Cheng was drawn to Tai Chi after taking up martial arts as a child, but, instead, fell in love with this internal form of building body and mind.
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