Stepping On

The Faith Community Nurse Network’s Stepping On fall prevention program is helping seniors remain independent. Stepping On is a community-based, small-group program that empowers older adults to carry out health behaviors that reduce their risk of falls. Workshops meet for 2 hours, every week for 7 weeks. Local experts, Leaders, and other group members support one another to build balance, strength, and practical skills needed to avoid falling. FCNN Stepping On Leaders serve hundreds of older adults across the Twin Cities and Southeastern Minnesota.

Stepping On was developed in by Dr. Lindy Clemson and was tested in a randomized trial where it demonstrated a 31% reduction in falls. Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging developed an American version of Stepping On with support from the CDC.

Photo Description: Four older adults doing balance exercises.
Photo Credit: Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center. Jordan Bahnsen, May 1, 2015

Leader Training

February 26 - 28, 2019 / 8:30am - 4:30pm

What is the role of a Leader?
Leaders facilitate the seven Stepping On workshop sessions.  This role includes recruiting participants; setting up the room and equipment, preparing materials, inviting guest experts, and more. You must be a health professional to lead this course.

Why should you consider becoming a Leader?
As a Leader, you will learn key elements of falls prevention and gain leadership and facilitation skills that you can use in other areas of your life. Most importantly, you will watch older adults reduce falls and gain confidence by using the skills and tools that you have shared with them.

What will you learn at the Leader Training?
At Leader Training, you will acquire skills and knowledge needed to effectively lead the workshop. Like the Stepping On workshop itself, the Leader Training is interactive and fun. It takes place over three full consecutive days, with time for breaks and lunch. Leaders must attend all three days.

What will be required of me after the training?
Leaders must schedule their first Stepping On workshop within two months of Leader Training. As a Leader, you are also required to lead two workshops within the first year following training; one in your home community, and one in an under-served congregation/community, as part of the Stepping On Twin Cities project.

Contact Cheryl Lanigan, Program Director, regarding training requirements before applying.


@Waite Park Church in Minneapolis
1510 33rd Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN  55418

$50 to attend
26.0 Nursing Contact Hours

Applying to become a Leader is simple:

Step 1. Watch the Stepping On introductory webinar

Step 2. Submit an application by January 25

For more information, contact Cheryl Lanigan, Program Director, at or 952-322-4144.

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If you have questions about bringing a Stepping On workshop to your community or just would like additional information about the program, please contact Cheryl Lanigan, Program Director, at or 952-607-9820.