Help Us Take "10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls!"
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. You can help us raise awareness that falls are not a normal part of aging by helping us take "10 Million Steps to prevent falls!"
Getting 15-30 minutes of physical activity every day is one of the most basic things you can do to reduce your risk of falling. Walking strengthens muscles, improves balance and increases stamina, all of which can make you steadier on your feet.
"10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls" is a statewide campaign to get as many Ohioans of all ages as possible to walk at least one mile on or around Sept. 23 in the name of falls prevention. You can help us achieve our goal in one of two ways:
- Participate in a "10 Million Steps" event in your community. Dozens of community organizations have partnered with STEADY U Ohio to sponsor local walking events with information and resources to help you prevent falls.
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- On Sept. 23, or any anytime in September, take a one-mile walk by yourself or with family or friends and post a selfie of your efforts to social media using the hashtags #PreventFalls and #10MStepsOH to be counted.
Community organizations: You can help us reach our goal by hosting a local falls prevention awareness walk in September. Learn more...
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Celebrate Summer Safely!
Ohio's local fairs, festivals and other attractions are great ways to get exercise that can help you prevent falls. While you're out and about, watch out for these commons falls risks:
- As much as possible, stick to paved surfaces and sidewalks. If you must walk in grass or gravel, watch the ground closely with your eyes, but keep your head up and face forward. Consider using a cane or walking stick for off-road walking.
- Trash, hoses and cables in walkways can cause you to slip or trip. Watch where you are walking and do not step on or over items in your path.
- Heavy crowds can affect the way you walk and cause you to trip or be knocked over. Consider attending events and attractions during off-peak times, such as early in the day and on weekdays, to avoid large crowds.
- Dehydration and exhaustion can make you unsteady on your feet before you realize you feel tired or thirsty. Take frequent breaks to sit down and rest. Drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids to stay hydrated.
From: Golden Buckeyes: Celebrate Summer Safely
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Did you know...?
- Falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalization and death among Ohioans aged 65 and older
- An older Ohioan falls every two minutes on average, resulting in an injury every five minutes, six emergency department visits and one hospitalization each hour, and three deaths each day.
- Approximately 15 percent of Ohio citizens are age 65 or older, yet this group accounts for more than 84 percent of fatal falls.
- The total estimated cost of falls (medical costs, work loss) is $646 million annually in Ohio, or $1.8 million each day.
- Falls are not a normal part of aging, and most falls can be prevented!
It Takes Everyone
Most falls in older adults can be prevented. A person's risk for falls goes down the minute he or she stops being afraid of falling. Preventing falls for every older Ohioan will take a community approach.
Everyone - from the individual and his family, to doctors and nurses, to business owners and managers, to community leaders and more - has a role to play in preventing falls. It's like the old saying goes, "united we stand, divided we fall." What's your role in preventing falls in Ohio?
If you wish to become involved in the STEADY U initiative, contact us or subscribe to be notified of opportunities. Opportunities include community falls prevention coalitions, serving as a lay leader in the A Matter of Balance Program, and more.
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About STEADY U Ohio
STEADY U Ohio is a statewide collaborative falls prevention initiative, supported by Ohio government and state business partners to ensure that every county, every community and every Ohioan knows how they can prevent falls, one step at a time. This website is the source in Ohio for falls prevention information, tools and other resources.