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.

What is Stepping On?

What is 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.

Leader Support

Leaders with the Faith Community Nurse Network are faith community nurses and other health professionals. These Leaders serve hundreds of older adults in Minnesota every year. FCNN supports Leaders by providing:

  • leader training opportunities,
  • workshop supplies,
  • administrative support,
  • data management, and
  • financial reimbursement.

Guest Experts

Guest expert volunteers are a vital part of Stepping On. Each Stepping On workshop requires a physical therapist, a community safety expert, a pharmacist and a vision expert. FCNN can help leaders find qualified guest experts to participate in their workshops.

How do I sign up for a Stepping On workshop?

FCNN provides Stepping On workshops for adults 60+ in faith communities, independent-living buildings and community centers around the Twin Cities Metro.

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

Questions?

If you have questions about bringing a Stepping On workshop to your community, becoming a leader, or would just like additional information about the program, contact Cheryl Lanigan, Program Director, at cheryl@fcnntc.org or 952-322-4144.

Our evidence-based programs are supported, in part, by funding from the F.R. Bigelow Foundation and the Mardag Foundation. This program is also funded under contract with the Metropolitan Area Agencies on Aging, Inc. as part of the Older Americans Act Program.