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How Did You Move Your Body?

The Move Your Body campaign officially wrapped up on the 31st May, after a busy three months raising awareness around the importance of strength and balance to prevent falls.  The Stay On Your Feet® team have been busy promoting the Move Your Body key messages through community events and presentations, workforce development trainings and webinars, grant activities and across mass media on Channel 7, GWN and social media (you may have even seen us on TV screens in your GP’s waiting room).

Thanks to four successful Move Your Body grant recipients, diverse falls prevention activities were delivered to older adults living in the community across metro and regional WA. These initiatives included a social media ‘April Falls’ campaign and roadshow, strength and balance exercises utilising local outdoor equipment, and an 8-week Otago Exercise program. Find out about the Stay On Your Feet® grants program.

Health and community workers also had the the opportunity to attend trainings such as Active Balance for Falls Prevention and Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention Instructor training, an evidence-based program to help health professionals working with older adults to become a certified Tai Chi for Health Institute Instructor. In partnership with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), the Stay On Your Feet® program held a webinar training on falls prevention for older adults, discussing relevant screening tools and evidence based exercise strategies.

Other webinars include Steady Steps Forward: Systems approach to community-based falls prevention and Vision, mobility and home modifications for falls prevention. We’ve got you covered with our training recordings! Jump onto the Injury Matters YouTube channel and catch up in your own time.

The Stay On Your Feet® team had fun attending and supporting many community events across metro and regional WA for older adults. Partnerships with the City of Vincent, City of Cockburn, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Rossmoyne Waters involved events with presentations from Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists and an Audiologist from the Ear Science Institute, strength and balance assessments, balance and movement exercise classes, and Tai Chi sessions with older adults in the community. These events promoted healthy ageing and the importance of preventing falls.

As a participant I was so impressed with the calibre of each of the qualified presenters in their field of wholistic approach to good health for Seniors.

I left the event feeling encouraged and motivated to do more strength and balance exercises to stay on my feet. Thankyou.

Participant at Rossmoyne Waters Health Matters Day

Coming Up

Our next Stay On Your Feet®  campaign Improve Your Health kicks off September 1 and runs through to the end of November.  The Improve Your Health campaign focuses on managing medications, eating a healthy diet and keeping a healthy mind to stay alert, and prevent falls.

Stay tuned for more information and remember to keep an eye on our events calander to stay up-to-date with our upcoming training and events.

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