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Stepping On

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Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalisations in NSW? And people aged over 65 years make up 57% of fall-related hospitalisations?

Stepping On is a free community-based program designed to help reduce the risk of falling and improve mobility at home and when you are out and about.

Stepping On and Aboriginal Stepping programs run throughout the year, across various locations on the Mid North Coast.

Stepping On is for Indigenous (45 years and older) and non-Indigenous adults (65 years and older) who are scared of falling or have fallen recently (and who live at home and are able to walk independently or with a walking stick).

Stepping On is a free 7-week program that combines gentle strength and balance exercises with educational sessions. Stepping On focuses on:

  • exercises that improve strength and balance
  • how to make a safer home and move safely in the community
  • safe footwear, vision and medication management
  • healthy eating for strong bones
  • falls hazard awareness
  • independence and how to enjoy every day.

Coffs Harbour Aboriginal Stepping On

Starts 6 February 2023, 10am-12pm

Local Aboriginal Lands Council, Wongala

Bellingen Stepping On

Starts 7 February 2023, 10am-12pm

St Margaret’s Anglican Church Hall, 100 Hyde Street, Bellingen

More programs will run in 2023 in Coffs Harbour, Boambee East, Woolgoolga, Laurieton, Port Macquarie, South West Rocks and Kempsey.

Register online: https://www.activeandhealthy.nsw.gov.au/so

or phone 1800 255 774

For Aboriginal Stepping On contact:

Coffs region: belinda.jackson@health.nsw.gov.au

Port Macquarie and Kempsey regions: kera.ritchie@health.nsw.gov.au

If you would like more information about Stepping On please contact benjamin.mclellan@health.nsw.gov.au

If you would like to find an exercise program in your local area or would like more information about how to increase your physical activity go the Active and Healthy website. 

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