22 Apr “Stay On Your Feet” by Tracey Heeps
As the weather cools and days shorten it’s great to snuggle into a cup of soup and a comfy armchair, but keeping moving is super-important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. “Stay On Your Feet” is Western Australia’s falls prevention program for older adults living in the community provided by Injury Matters and funded by the Western Australian Department of Health. It is using March to May to promote the simple message of “Move Your Body”; the campaign focuses on the importance of moving your body to improve balance and posture, strengthen muscles and bones, and improve overall fitness and general well-being.
They have put together this clever little video to promote their philosophy of falls prevention MOVE, IMPROVE, REMOVE, which refers to their three simple steps to prevent falls:
• Move Your Body
• Improve Your Health
• Remove Hazards
Check out the website; it is it full of interesting and interactive info. Take a quiz, complete a home safety checklist, maybe find some suggestions to move more!
Falls can happen to us at any age; however, changes we go through as we get older can put us more at risk of having a fall. The good news is that falls are preventable no matter your age, and the “Stay On Your Feet”® program has simple tips and tools you can use to keep you active and on your feet.
Timboon and District Healthcare Service (TDHS) is slowly transitioning to COVID-safe group classes and we are looking forward to seeing the Physiogym full of smiling faces. We ALL know that staying physically active is the single most important thing we can do to stay independent as we age. What activity we choose can change – perhaps footy and netball is out of the picture- but walking, working in the garden and dancing can take the lead. Grab a friend or 2, head outside and go exploring! The National Parks tracks are all but empty at the moment. Even the 12 Apostles viewing area is sparse in the mornings! Check out Port Campbell’s swing bridge- paved all the way with some well-spaced seats. Heartmoves walking group continues to leave from Timboon Kinder on Monday mornings at 10:30. Lots of active social options!
See you soon!