September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month in Ohio. To raise awareness of older adult falls and many ways older Ohioans can minimize their risks, the Ohio Department of Aging's STEADY U Ohio initiative challenges all Ohioans to help take “10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls.”
4 Ways to Help Take 10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls
Walk a mile and share a picture
Walk at least one mile during September and post a picture of you walking to social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Instagram) with the hashtags #10MStepsOH and #PreventFalls. Be sure to set your post privacy to "public." Each post showing a walker and the hashtags will be counted as one mile toward the state goal.
Host or attend a walking event
10 Million Steps walking events provide an opportunity for people to gather and walk a mile or more to raise awareness of older adult falls. Check back in early September for a list of events around the state that you can attend, or use our event planning guide to organize your event.
Organize or join a walking group
Gather one or more friends, family members, neighbors, or co-workers and walk together or individually. Group members will report their miles walked to the group leader, who will submit the group’s total toward the state’s goal. Check back in early September for a list of groups around the state that you can join, or use our event planning guide to organize your event.
View an on-demand falls prevention webinar
The Ohio Department of Aging and our STEADY U Ohio partners proudly present four FREE, on-demand falls prevention webinars. Learn from health experts and others about simple things you can do to reduce your risk of falling. You can view these webinars at your convenience. The presentations are brief and fit into any schedule.
Each webinar you view by the end of September 2021 will count as one mile walked toward the state's goal.
Click the links below to register for and view webinars on these topics:
- Taking a STAND Against Falls, 44 minutes, presented by Kerry MacQueen, Holmes Co. General Health District
- Falls and Medication Management, 31 minutes, presented by Kristen Sobota and Kelly Kroustos, Ohio Northern University
- Falls Prevention: Age Related Changes, 20 minutes, presented by Carol Baker, Area Agency on Aging, Region 9
- Falls Prevention in the Home, 28 minutes, presented by William Dieter, FOX Rehabilitation