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10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls

In honor of National Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 22, staff members at Clermont Senior Services took steps to prevent falls. 21 staff members walked one mile and they were not alone! As an initiative of STEADY U Ohio, communities across the state walked a collective17 million steps, exceeding the expectations of the initiative! 59 organizations participated in the day with over 3,500 people walking approximately 6,800 miles.

STEADY U Ohio is an initiative led by Governor John Kasich and the Ohio Department of Aging that aims to educate the public about fall statistics and ways we can all help prevent them from happening.

  • In Ohio alone, an older adult falls every two minutes, an injury resulting from a fall occurs every 5 minutes.
  • The number of fatal falls among older Ohioans has increased more than 167% since 2000.
  • Older adults comprise 14% of our population, but can account for 83% of fatal falls.
  • The total cost of falls (medical costs, work loss) is estimated at $1.8 million every day.

For more information on the STEADY U Ohio program and how you can prevent falls, please visit:

www.steadyu.ohio.gov

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  • Oct 7, 2016
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