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Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Aging’s STEADY U Ohio initiative is celebrating the month of September as Falls Prevention Awareness Month and inviting all Ohioans to help them take “10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls” to raise awareness of the prevalence of older adult falls and the simple things we can all do to remove hazards and reduce risk. One in three Ohioans over age 60 will fall this year, and for many of them, that fall could lead to a life-changing injury or even death. A single fall can change the life not only of the person who falls, but also their family members, friends and neighbors.
“Older adult falls are a serious problem in Ohio, affecting one in three older Ohioans every year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun helping people understand that falls are not a normal part of aging and most falls can be prevented,” said Beverley Laubert, director of the department. “’10 Million Steps’ is our challenge to Ohioans and our communities, businesses and other groups to be part of the effort that ends the epidemic of older adult falls.”
The department created “10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls” because engaging in regular physical activity, such as walking 15-30 minutes each day, is one of the most basic things you and your loved ones can do to maintain muscle strength and flexibility, increase endurance and reduce your risk of falling. There are three ways you can participate and help the STEADY U Ohio initiative reach its goal:
This is the fourth year for “10 Million Steps.” Last year, 53 community partners hosted 57 walking groups or events in which 4,935 individuals of all ages walked more than 22,000 miles. At an average of 2,500 steps per mile, that’s 56 million steps taken in the name of falls prevention!
Other ways older Ohioans can prevent falls:
Visit www.steadyu.ohio.gov for more falls prevention tips and resources. While there, you can take an online falls risk assessment and learn about community-based falls interventions available around the state.
About STEADY U Ohio – STEADY U Ohio is a comprehensive falls prevention initiative led by the Ohio Department of Aging, and supported by Ohio government and state business partners to strengthen existing falls prevention activities, identify opportunities for new initiatives and coordinate a statewide educational campaign to bring falls prevention to the forefront of planning for individuals, families, health care providers, business and community leaders and all Ohioans. Visit www.steadyu.ohio.gov.
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