For Release: June 23, 2017 – Cody McDonell, Office of Communications, 405-271-5601
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) will be hosting “Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance” instructor training workshops across Oklahoma. Individuals who successfully complete this two-day workshop will be qualified to lead “Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance” classes. Participants will be expected to help expand this program by teaching classes in their communities to help prevent injuries from falls, which are a growing public health problem nationally and in Oklahoma. Most fall injuries happen in predictable, preventable ways, according to OSDH officials.
Duncan - July 12-13, 9:00 - 4:00, Stephens County OSU Extension Office
Ponca City - July 26-27, 9:00 - 4:00, Ponca City Senior Center
Coalgate - August 16-17, 9:00 - 4:00, Coal County OSU Extension Office
Falls are a threat to the health and safety of older adults and can reduce their ability to remain independent. Every 20 minutes an older adult dies from a fall in the United States. In Oklahoma, every week, 9 older adults die and 124 are hospitalized from a fall-related injury. Acute care hospital charges alone total more than $275 million a year.
The program is an evidence-based fall prevention program for community-based organizations. This exercise program focuses on improving functional abilities, such as balance and physical function, to help reduce fall-related risks and the frequency of falls.
The OSDH offers the following tips on simple things you can do to help prevent falls: