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Stay On Your Feet® program highlights 2020/21

During the 2020/2021 financial year through a clear purpose, evidence base and commitment to collaboration and partnerships, Injury Matters continued to have a positive impact on the lives of older Western Australians by promoting active ageing and independence through the Stay On Your Feet® program. Over the past 12 months, the Stay On Your Feet® program delivered a variety of activities to raise awareness of how older adults can prevent slips, trips and falls.

Aligning to the programs key message, Move Improve Remove, two campaigns were implemented over the last twelve months, Remove Hazards (September – November) and Move Your Body (March – May). Throughout the campaign periods a number of activities were conducted to support WA’s diverse falls prevention sector implement falls prevention activities, including the funding of eight community projects via the grants program. These community projects provided a variety of opportunities for community members to get involved in falls prevention activities within the local area, with high engagement across the different projects reinforcing their value.

Complimenting the Remove Hazards and Move Your Body campaigns, the Stay On Your Feet® mass media television advertisements broadened the reach of falls prevention messaging in WA. With the Move Your Body television advertisements reaching 63% of the target audience at least once and 49% for the Remove Hazards TVC advertising, the advertisements significantly contribute towards increasing awareness that falls are preventable.

A special thanks to everyone who took the time to participate in the Stay On Your Feet® program evaluation conducted by Edith Cowan University (ECU) in April and May 2021. The feedback you provided indicates that most older adults who engage in the Stay On Your Feet® program agree that falls are preventable (80%) and can identify activities to improve their strength or balance and reduce their risk of falling. In addition to allowing us to evaluate the impact, application and transfer of knowledge from Stay On Your Feet® activities, your feedback and suggestions regarding future activities has greatly assisted in guiding the activities we will be delivering this financial year.

To stay up to date with upcoming Stay On Your Feet® activities sign up to the Stay On Your Feet® monthly eNewsletter or contact Injury Matters on 6166 7688.

 

Give It a Go Day Busselton

On Friday the 28th of May, Injury Matters in partnership with the City of Busselton hosted Give It a Go Day at Geographe Leisure Centre.

Anna Foley (Physiotherapist) engaged all participants in a warm up before Chair Yoga and Zumba started. Both activities were extremely popular and participants had a blast! At the completion of the exercises, Anna delivered a Q & A session whilst participants cooled down. The focus of the Q & A was the importance of building strength and challenging balance for falls prevention as part of the Stay On Your Feet® Move Your Body campaign.

We hope to replicate a similar event again soon due to the overwhelming positive feedback from participants.

Injury Matters General Manager – Injury Prevention said “Try to find activities that you enjoy to build your balance and strengthen your legs, not only will you get the physical benefits but you can enjoy with friends”.

To  find out ways to get involved visit https://www.stayonyourfeet.com.au/over60/ or give us a call on 1300 30 35 40.

 

Move Your Body campaign wrap-up

The Move Your Body campaign has come to an end, after a three-month focus on the importance moving your body to improve balance and posture, strengthen muscles and bones and improve overall fitness and general wellbeing among older adults. The Move Your Body campaign included events and activities for both health professionals and the wider community including community events in East Fremantle and Busselton, and a mass media campaign on television and social media across WA.

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Strengthen Your Body to prevent falls

It is important that physical activity is continued throughout life to ensure we keep our bodies healthy and strong. Keeping our bodies strong will allow us to continue our everyday activities such as pushing the shopping trolley, walking up and down stairs and getting out of a chair. By being physically active, our bones and muscles will remain strong helping to keep us independent.

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Download the Stay On Your Feet® Move Your Body campaign toolkit now.

Join the Stay On Your Feet® Move Your Body campaign to help educate older adults and health and community workers on the importance of moving your body to improve balance and posture, strengthen muscles and bones and improve overall fitness and general wellbeing. Move Your Body is one part of the Move Improve Remove messaging used to encourage older adults to stay safe, independent and prevent falls.

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Stay On Your Feet® is provided by Injury Matters and funded by the Western Australian Department of Health.

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