10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls

SAVE THE DATE: 3rd Annual 10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017

Calling all community organizations: Help us take "10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls"

Organizations, businesses and other groups can help Ohio take "10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls" by hosting a local falls prevention awareness walk on or around National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.

Our goal is to have at least 4,000 Ohioans walk a minimum of one mile in the name of falls prevention (4,000 participants x 2,500 average steps per mile = 10 million steps). To achieve this goal, we are seeking community organizations interested in promoting falls prevention to host fitness walks in their communities and raise awareness of state and local programs and resources to help older residents reduce their risk.

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Regularly engaging in simple exercise such as walking is one of many things Ohioans can do to prevent falls, which is why a fitness walk to mark National Falls Prevention Day is a great way to raise awareness.

Potential organizations to host local events include senior centers, churches, YMCAs, community action organizations, local health departments, hospital wellness programs, senior housing managers and more. Ideal locations include indoor and outdoor walking tracks, community parks, hiking trails, parking lots, malls and more. Companies and other organizations can also promote wellness and falls prevention by organizing a walk and encouraging their staff to participate.

We will post a list of community events on this website in early September.

CALENDAR: Find a "10 Million Steps" event in your community.



Have a Falls-Free Summer

Have a Falls-Free Summer

Winter has its ice and snow, and spring brings mud and debris, but what falls hazards does summer in Ohio bring with it? As you try to beat the heat and weather summer storms, you can adopt some healthy habits to stay on your feet all season long.

  • Wear loose clothing to stay cooler, but stay away from items that are so loose or baggy that they could trip you or catch on nearby objects.
  • Wear sunglasses or a hat to reduce glare from the sun while outdoors.
  • If your eyeglasses become tinted in the sun, give them time to transition before moving around indoors or in shady areas.
  • Trade sandals and flip-flops for walking shoes that fit well and give proper support.
  • Stay hydrated to prevent dizziness and fainting.
  • Keep fans and extension cords out of walkways, and pick up any papers or objects blown about by fans or open windows immediately.
  • Keep flashlights near your bed, in the kitchen and next to your favorite chair to make sure you have one handy if the lights go out.
  • Don’t walk through water, mud or debris in outdoor walkways.
  • Make sure rugs and mats are secured to the floor.

Weather and Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults
Summer Weather Safety for Older Adults

More ways to prevent falls...

Click here to take a falls risk self-assessment.
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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 minute on average, resulting in an injury every five minutes, an emergency department visit every six minutes, two hospitalization each hour and three deaths each day.
  • Approximately 16 percent of Ohio citizens are age 65 or older, yet this group accounts for more than 85 percent of fatal falls.
  • The total estimated cost of falls (medical costs, work loss) is $1.9 billion annually in Ohio, or $5.2 million each day.
  • About three out of five falls among older Ohioans occur in the home; one in four falls occur in a nursing home or other residential facility.
  • Falls are not a normal part of aging, and most falls can be prevented!

Facts about falls in Ohio.


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.


Falls Prevention in the News
Falls Prevention in the News


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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