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Let’s Get Walking!

By September 20, 2021No Comments

A note on behalf of Elizabeth Chen, Secretary, Executive Office of Elder Affairs:

In preparation for falls prevention awareness week (September 20 – 24), we hope you will dust off those sneakers, charge up your step counters, Fit Bits, and Apple Watches, and get ready to raise awareness on ways we can all prevent falls!

The Executive Office of Elder Affairs hopes you will join us in reaching 25 million steps to prevent falls.

Last year the aging network in Massachusetts hit a total of 23,165,983 steps! So, we decided to step up our statewide goal for 2021.

If you would like to participate, simply take a walk (or a run!) anytime throughout the month of September. You can use your own step counter or count each mile as 2,500 steps. We encourage you to bring along your family and pets and of course, wear yellow!

We have created a tool/form to be able to record and track your steps: We encourage you to share the link with your staff and other community partners.

Please also share your results, promotion, and photos on social media using #MASteps2PreventFalls.

Lastly, we wanted to share some resources that you may find helpful related to falls prevention:

Fall Prevention Awareness Week Toolkit:
National Council on Aging and the Administration for Community Living Webinar Series – Engaging EMS & Fire Departments for Falls Prevention:

Thank you for your continued partnership and work to live in a world with fewer falls.

Pastor Reebee would love to walk with you – let’s set time to get our steps in together!