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To reduce the prevalence of Osteoporosis and Arthritis in West Virginia by providing information on prevention and education, making available information on treatment, and lessening pain and disability by encouraging individuals to maintain productive lives.





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Falls Prevention Awareness Day

The first day of fall, September



Welcome to the Falls Prevention Awareness Day Resource Center!  National Falls Prevention Awareness Day is observed the first day of fall to promote and increase public awareness about how to prevent and reduce falls among older adults. This year Falls Prevention Awareness Day is in the month of September. Please use the tools and resources on this page to help plan and implement Falls Prevention Awareness Day in your state or community.


This year 34 states are participating in Falls Prevention Awareness Day: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CT, FL, GA, HI, IL, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, NM, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TX, VA, WA, and WI. 

Media Toolkit

Media toolkit developed for Fall Prevention Awareness Day 2010. The toolkit contains a media tip sheet and press release, media alert, and fact sheet templates for use by our state and local partners.



 Falls Prevention Awareness Day sample press releases:

How to request a proclamation or request from a public official
(this document provides information about requesting a proclamation for Active Aging Week; the process for Falls Prevention Awareness Day is the same)

Sample proclamations:

Sample promotional materials:

Activity Ideas

State and community-level activities

Example Locations for Falls Prevention Awareness Day Events:

  • community centers
  • churches
  • fitness centers
  • hardware stores (Lowe's, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, etc...)
  • health fairs
  • hearing aid vendors 
  • hospitals
  • libraries
  • malls
  • older adult housing
  • opticians' offices
  • pharmacies
  • physical therapy clinics
  • senior centers
  • senior meal sites
  • specialist footwear stores 

Potential Community Partners:

  • churches
  • elected officials
  • fire departments
  • healthcare day clinics
  • hospital systems
  • libraries
  • local businesses
  • local newspapers
  • Meals on Wheels
  • volunteer organizations  


Measuring the success of your event(s)




Many thanks to the
International Council on Active Aging, the Washington State Department of Health, Injury & Violence Prevention Program, and the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence for providing ideas and allowing us to link to their sites.

Marketing Templates





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