I don’t know if U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., is familiar with NFPA’s Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, but with the Call to Action he issued this fall, he’s encouraging activity that supports the work of Remembering When. Dr. Murthy has issued a call to the nation designed to significantly improve the health of the general public.
Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities, recognizes the importance of physical activity for people of all ages.
As Dr. Murthy calls for increased physical activity and improved access to safe and convenient places to walk and use a wheelchair, he is also helping the public, in particular older adults, lessen their risk of a fall. Remembering When was developed to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible and includes 16 key safety messages–eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention. The program includes a fall prevention message about physical activity. Exercise regularly to build strength and improve your balance and coordination. Ask your doctor about the best physical exercise for you.
As the public answers Dr. Murthy’s call to “step it up,” they are not only stepping it up for their physical health, but also for their safety from falls.