MetroHealth Racks up 24,000 Steps to Raise Awareness for Senior Falls Prevention
To most, a slip or stumble is usually just an annoying bump or bruise and little else.
For seniors, the consequences are often much worse. In fact, falls are the third leading cause of death for people over 65 in the U.S. every year.
With that in mind, MetroHealth joined the City of Cleveland Department of Aging and Steady U Ohio in a midday walk to raise awareness about senior fall prevention. Intentionally scheduled on the first day of fall, Steady U called upon community organizations, businesses and everyone who wanted to help take 10,000,000 collective steps across Ohio in the name of falls prevention.
Helped by visits from Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley, MetroHealth president and CEO Dr. Akram Boutros and Metro West's Mercederian walking group, 52 participants took 24,083 steps and walked 95.5 miles in an hour around the System's main campus quad track.
Read more about MetroHealth's falls prevention work here.
To learn more about Steady U Ohio, visit the group's website.