Ohioans To Take 10 Million Steps To Prevent Falls

Ohioans To Take 10 Million Steps To Prevent Falls

  • 9/13/2018 11:39:29 AM
  • Emily Ramey
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ONTARIO, OH- In recognition of National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc., the Richland Mall, Avita Health System, and Richland Public Health are partnering with STEADY U Ohio, the state's older adult falls prevention initiative, to help take "10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls."

A one-mile fitness walk will take place at the Richland Mall on September 21. Participants will meet at the inside mall entrance of Avita Ontario Hospital at 7:45 AM and the walk will begin at 8:00 AM. Participation is completely free and all are invited. Registration is not necessary. The number of participants and miles walked at this event will be counted toward the state's goal of 10 million steps statewide.

In addition to the walk, participants will also receive strategies and tips for falls prevention that will help you or your older loved ones reduce the risk of a potentially life-changing fall. There will be the opportunity to meet the Area Agency on Aging's Matter of Balance class instructor and learn how wellness workshops can reduce the risk of falls. 

"10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls" is a statewide effort to raise awareness of falls prevention for older adults. The STEADY U Ohio initiative aims to get at least 4,000 Ohioans to walk one mile or more in the name of falls prevention on or around National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, September 21, 2018. Ohioans can participate by attending events like the one hosted by Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc., Richland Mall, Avita Health System and Richland Public Health or by simply walking a mile by themselves or with family or friends during September and posting a picture to social media with the hashtags #PreventFalls and #10MStepsOH.

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