NDSU Extension - McIntosh County



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Stepping On

Stepping On                     


Stepping On is a program that empowers older adults, age 65+, to carry out healthy behaviors, reducing the risks of falls. It is a community-based workshop offered once a week for seven weeks using adult education and self-efficacy principles. In a small-group setting, older adults learn balance exercises and develop specific knowledge and skills to prevent falls. Older adults who should attend are those who: a) are at risk of falling, b) have a fear of falling, or c) who have fallen one or more times.


Subjects covered include: Improving balance and strength, home modifications, community safety, vision, medication review, safe footwear, and sleep.

It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective. Classes are highly participative; mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health behaviors to reduce the risk of falls and to maintain active and fulfilling lives.

Classes were held in Wishek from February-March, 2017. Classes were led by Karen Bettenhausen, Extension Agent and Jessica Welder, RN and Director of McIntosh District Health Unit.  Physical Therapists from the Wishek Community Hospital helped with exercise training.  A number of community professionals were also involved in providing education.  

Visit the NDSU Aging Well page for more information on this and other topics.

If you have an interest in this class or would like more information about the class, call 701-288-5180 or email 

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