Stay on Your Feet®’s Build Your Balance campaign finished on 30 November 2017, after a three month focus on the importance of building and maintaining balance to reduce the risk of falls. The campaign was a huge success and included a number of events and activities for both health professionals and the wider community including a launch event in Narrogin and a forum for health professionals.
Four grants were awarded as part of the Build Your Balance campaign to help support community focused programs aimed at addressing the campaign’s key messages:
• Stay Steady in Canning Vale received a grant to help older members of the Indian community stay on their feet with a tailored strength and balance program.
• The City of Armadale received a grant to train professionals from the health and fitness industry in falls prevention for older adults.
• The Shire of Murray ran balance focused chair yoga and warm water yoga classes for older adults.
• A joint application was awarded to the Cities of Gosnells and Canning to run a balance-focused chair tai chi program.
Through requests, orders and community displays during the campaign, 800 copies of the new Build Your Balance exercise video were distributed as well as receiving over 1,500 views on YouTube. During the campaign, Stay On Your Feet® peer educators presented to 33 community groups focusing on the importance of building and maintaining balance to prevent falls. Stay On Your Feet® also attended 11 community displays and expos and received over 280 community enquiries.
The next campaign, Make Your Home Safer launches on 1 February 2018. Keep an eye on our website for more information on how to get involved.