To mark National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, Clermont Senior Services was proud to partner with STEADY U Ohio, the state’s older adult falls prevention initiative, to help take “10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls!”
CSS staff members walked a collective 14 miles on Friday, September 22, as part of the statewide initiative. The miles logged by staff members will be counted toward the state’s goal of 10 million steps.
“Falls are truly an epidemic among our older friends and neighbors. In fact, one in three Ohioans over age 60 will fall this year, and someone is injured in a fall every five minutes,” said Jennifer Harcourt of Clermont Senior Services. Coupled with informed changes to your home, health and habits, 15-20 minutes of simple exercise, like walking, can significantly lower your risk of falling. Regular, low-impact physical activity strengthens muscles, builds stamina and improves balance.
STEADY U Ohio is a comprehensive falls prevention initiative led by Governor John Kasich and the Ohio Department of Aging, and supported by Ohio government and state business partners. Visit www.steadyu.ohio.gov for falls prevention resources and tips.