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Stepping On

Stepping On is an evidence-based fall prevention program that reduces falls among participants.

Program Benefits

Falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Through practical lifestyle changes and community partnerships, we can substantially reduce fall risks, keeping older adults living independently with a good quality of life. Stepping On addresses known risk factors and promotes behavior change. Professional guest experts include a pharmacist, optometrist, physical therapist, and community safety officer.

  • 31% reduction in falls among participants
  • Decreased fear of falling
  • Increased performance of safe behaviors

What Is Provided To Participants

Classes meet once a week for two hours. One session is 7 weeks long. Classes include interactive discussion and storytelling to promote adult learning. Education topics include: falls and risks, strength and balance exercises, medication review, home hazards, safe footwear, vision and falls, community mobility, and safety in public places.

Resources & Programs

Visit www.health.utah.gov/vipp/older-adults/falls for more information

Additional Resources

Utah Department of Health Resources:

The Violence and Injury Prevention Program aims to be a trusted and comprehensive resource for data and technical assistance related to violence and injury. With this information, we help promote partnerships and programs to prevent injuries and improve public health.

Partner Resources

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Fact Sheet (PDF)

For More Information On This Program

Sheryl Gardner
sagardner@utah.gov
(801) 538-6592

Sources

  1. Utah Death Certificate Database. Utah Department of Health: 2010-2012
  2. Utah Inpatient Hospital Discharge Data & Utah Emergency Department Encounter Database. Utah Department of Health; 2009-2011
  3. Updated American Geriatrics Society/British Geriatrics Society Clinical Practice Guideline for Prevention of Falls in Older Persons. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2011;59:148-157
  4. Clemson L, et.al. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2004;52:1487-1494