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Date(s) - 09/01/2020 - 09/30/2020
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The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of things. One thing that’s still the same? Falling is NOT a normal part of aging. The Holmes County Health District and Stand Against Falls Coalition are committed to empowering all older adults in Holmes County to age well and stay falls free. Kerry MacQueen, Holmes County Health District Injury Prevention Coordinator, shared “We are partnering with the Ohio Department of Aging in their sixth annual ‘10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls’ campaign in September 2020. Join us to take a virtual ‘Walk Across Holmes County’ during the month of September. This year we have organized a virtual walk for you to do every day or just a single day in September.” Anyone can participate! Individuals, families, businesses, community groups, churches, etc. Walking is a safe activity you can do during the coronavirus pandemic. You can walk outside on a sidewalk or a country road, follow a walking video inside or just track the total number of steps you take throughout your normal day. Increased physical activity, like walking several times a week, is one strategy to lower your fall risk.Join us to take a virtual ‘Walk Across Holmes County’ during the month of September. This year we have organized a virtual walk for you to do every day or just a single day in September.”

Anyone can participate! Individuals, families, businesses, community groups, churches, etc. Walking is a safe activity you can do during the coronavirus pandemic. You can walk outside on a sidewalk or a country road, follow a walking video inside or just track the total number of steps you take throughout your normal day. Increased physical activity, like walking several times a week, is one strategy to lower your fall risk. Holmes County measures 424 miles from east to west. Our goal is to track steps equal to that distance during September and you can help us!

Register your commitment to participate in the virtual walk and track your steps or miles during September at https://tinyurl.com/RegisterWalkAcrossHolmesCounty. Falls are another epidemic affecting senior population and are the number one cause of injuries leading to ER visits, hospital stays and deaths in Ohioans age 65+. An older Ohioan is injured in a fall every two minutes on average, resulting in an emergency department visit every eight minutes, two hospitalizations per hour, and three deaths each day. In addition to the physical toll, falls and the fear of falling contribute to depression, hopelessness, and isolation. Despite these statistics, older adults can take action now. Falls are NOT a normal part of the aging process and most falls are preventable. Simple changes can make a big difference. “We are partnering with Ohio Department of Aging and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and mark Falls Prevention Awareness Week on September 21-25, 2020” MacQueen said.

You can register for the walk at https://tinyurl.com/RegisterWalkAcrossHolmesCounty.

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