10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls
For the second year in a row, the STEADY U Initiative is calling on all Ohioans to help 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 or a loved one 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. Join us by walking at least one mile on or around Sept. 22 in the name of falls prevention. You can help us achieve our goal in one of two ways:
- 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.
- Participate in a "10 Million Steps" event in your community. Check back to find an event where you live.
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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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Don't Let Summer Storms and Heat Knock You Off Your Feet!
Severe summer weather and conditions can increase your risk of falling. Falls are not a normal part of aging, but as we age, we may be more susceptible to serious injury from a fall. An older Ohioan falls every two minutes, and someone is injured in a fall every five minutes. However, most falls can be prevented when you understand your risks and take steps to remove or avoid hazards.
- Heat, dehydration and dizziness - Heat and dehydration can make you dizzy, which can lead to falls. Drink plenty of liquids and seek cool shelter during the hottest part of the day.
- Storms - Summer storms can cause a variety of tripping hazards from power outages to debris in outdoor walkways.
- Flooding - Never walk or drive into flood waters! Still water can make you trip and moving water can knock you off your feet.
- Increased activity - Now that warm weather is here, you are likely to be more active. Ask your doctor or physical therapist about strategies to safely increase your activity levels.
Stay cool and stay STEADY this summer!
More summertime fall prevention tips...
Take a falls risk self-assessment.
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.
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