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Falls prevention workshops scheduled for July/August.

West Islip, NY - June 23, 2014 - County Executive Steve Bellone and Commissioner of Health Services James Tomarken, MD, MPH, invite mature residents to attend workshops focused on preventing falls. The programs aim to empower mature adults to carry out behaviors that reduce the risks of falls and improve their quality of life.
 
‘Stepping On’
‘Stepping On,’ is a seven-week model program that focuses on  improving balance and strength, home and community safety, vision, safe footwear and medication review. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the program has proven to reduce the number of falls for participants by 31 percent.  
 
West Islip:            
Tuesdays, July15 through August 26, 10:00 a.m. --12:00 p.m.
West Islip Library
3 Higbie Lane, West Islip, NY 11795
Contact: Donna MacGilvray, 631-661-7080
Registration deadline: July 22, 2014*
 
Kings Park:           
Wednesdays, July 16 through August 27, 10:00 a.m. --12:00 p.m.
Martin Luther Terrace Apartments, Community Building
116 Wartburg Ct., Kings Park, NY 11754
Registration Contact: Nelly Zoeller 631-853-6472
Registration deadline: July 23, 2014*
 
West Islip:
Thursdays, July 17 through August 28, 10:00 a.m. --12:00 p.m.
West Islip Library
3 Higbie Lane, West Islip, NY 11795
Contact: Donna MacGilvray 631-661-7080
Registration deadline: July 24, 2014*
 
The number of openings for the ‘Stepping On’ program is limited. Openings are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  *Late registration will not be considered after the second class.
 
Staying Independent for Life
“Staying Independent for Life” covers much of the information that is provided in the ‘Stepping On’ program in a condensed, two-hour session.
 
Kings Park:              
Wednesday, July 2, from  10:00 a.m. --12:30 p.m.
Martin Luther Terrace Apartments Community Building
116 Wartburg Court, Kings Park, NY 11754
Contact: Nelly Zoeller 631-853-6472
 
West Islip:             
Thursday, July 3, from 10:00 a.m. --12:30 p.m.
West Islip Library
3 Higbie Lane, West Islip, NY 11795
Contact: Donna MacGilvray 631-661-7080
 
Shoreham:           
Tuesday, July 10, from10:00 a.m.--12:00 p.m.
North Shore Nutrition Center
Defense Hill Road, Shoreham, NY 11786
Contact: 631-744-1756
 
Lindenhurst:                  
Wednesday, July 11, 10:00 a.m. --12:30 p.m
Lindenhurst Memorial Library
One Lee Ave., Lindenhurst, NY 11757
Contact: 631-957-7755                                         
 
Programs will be rolled out in communities throughout Suffolk County over the course of the year. For additional information about Suffolk County falls prevention programs, call the Suffolk County Department of Health Services at 631-853-3089 or click here.
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