Walk Across Holmes County both virtual, in-person

Walk Across Holmes County both virtual, in-person
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The Falls Prevention Program of the Holmes County Health District and the Standing Against Falls Coalition are again hosting a virtual Walk Across Holmes County to raise falls awareness in the 65 and over population, as well as a half-dozen in-person walks scheduled for Sept. 20-25.

                        

The Falls Prevention Program of the Holmes County Health District and the Standing Against Falls Coalition are committed to empowering all older adults in Holmes County to age well and stay falls-free. This year they are again hosting a virtual Walk Across Holmes County to raise falls awareness in the 65 and over population, as well as a half-dozen in-person walks scheduled for Sept. 20-25.

“This year we have organized not only the virtual walk for you to do every day or just a single day in September, but we are also hosting six in-person walks at local trails in Holmes County during National Falls Prevention Awareness Week, Sept. 19 through Sept. 25,” said Kerry MacQueen, Holmes County General Health District injury prevention coordinator/health educator. “We are excited to have this addition to our Walk Across Holmes County. We are bringing the walk to the people.”

Trail walks are scheduled as follows:

—Sept. 20 from 9:30-11:30 a.m., Holmes County Training Center, Holmesville.

—Sept. 21 from 1-3 p.m., Big Prairie Park, Big Prairie.

—Sept. 22 from 4-6 p.m., Deer Run Park, Millersburg.

—Sept. 23 from 9-11 a.m., Berlin-Mennonite Church Trail, Berlin.

—Sept. 24 from 2-4 p.m., Holmes County Trail Glenmont, Glenmont.

—Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon, Clark Community Center, Clark.

“Come to one or all of the trail walks,” MacQueen said. “Arrive any time during the two-hour scheduled trail walk and enjoy the scenery, all in the name of falls prevention. Individuals can use their steps taken during the walk to go toward the Walk Across Holmes County goal. If you prefer not to register for the Walk Across Holmes County but would still like to participate in a trail walk, that is just fine. We will give you a pedometer to use to track those steps so they can be applied toward our September walking goal.

“We are partnering with Ohio Department of Aging and the National Council on Aging to mark National Falls Prevention Awareness Week on Sept. 19-25, 2021.”

Anyone can participate in Walk Across Holmes County — individuals, families, businesses, community groups and churches. Walking is a safe activity you can do and can be done during lunch or with the family in the evening. You can walk outside on a sidewalk or a country road, follow a walking video inside or just track the total number of steps you take throughout your normal day. Increased physical activity, like walking several times a week, is one strategy to lower your fall risk.

In 2020 a goal of 424 miles was set — the square miles of Holmes County — and that was surpassed by walking over 2,700 miles. The 2021 goal is 4,000 miles and can be easily obtained with everyone’s help. Register your commitment to participate in the virtual walk and track your steps or miles during September at www.tinyurl.com/WalkAcrossHolmesCountyRegister. Registration will be open until Sept. 20.

Falls are an epidemic affecting the older adult population and are the number-one cause of injuries leading to ER visits, hospital stays and deaths in Ohioans age 65 and older. An older Ohioan is injured in a fall every two minutes on average, resulting in an emergency department visit every eight minutes, two hospitalizations per hour and three deaths each day. In addition to the physical toll, falls and the fear of falling contribute to depression, hopelessness and isolation.

Despite these statistics, older adults can take action now. Falls are not a normal part of aging, and most falls are preventable. Simple changes can make a big difference.

For more information about the virtual Walk Across Holmes County, call 330-674-5035 ext. 251 or visit www.holmeshealth.org.


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