Following the launch of Step WiseLee, a countywide public awareness campaign aimed at preventing falls and fall-related deaths and injuries in Lee County, the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition has established a speakers bureau to reach residents with information on how they can help prevent falls and fall-related injuries and deaths. Members of the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition are available to speak to businesses, communities and organizations throughout Lee County with information on assessing fall risk and recommendations and tips for preventing falls.

Sadly, falls were the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in Lee County in 2007. The numbers are alarming: 144 people died from falls in Lee County in 2007. In fact, Lee County leads the state in fall related death rates by a margin of more than 2-1, or more than double the state average.

 

“In order to reduce the high fall rate in Lee County, we are stepping into the community with tips on preventing falls,” said Dr. Lowell Gerson, chairperson of the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition. “By inviting a member of the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition to speak to your organization or community, you can help us share the Step WiseLee message in hopes of reducing the high number of injuries and deaths attributed to falls in Lee County.”

 

To schedule a guest speaker, please send a request to info@stepwiselee.com. For more information on how you can help prevent falls and fall-related injuries and deaths, please visit  http://www.stepwiselee.com.

 

Appropriately named “Step WiseLee,” the initiative calls on local health care agencies, residents, family and friends to work together to prevent falls and fall-related injuries and deaths in Lee County. In addition to the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition, members of the “Step WiseLee” partnership include the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida, Lee County Health Department, Lee County Public Safety – EMS and Lee Memorial Health System.

 

The Centers for Disease Control recommends taking the following steps to reduce falls:

  • Begin a regular exercise program
  • Make your home safer by clearing walkways and hallways
  • Have your vision checked
  • Have your health provider review your medications.

About The Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition:

The Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition (LCIPC) has been working to prevent injuries in Lee County since 1995 under the auspices of the Lee County Health Department. Today the coalition is comprised of more than 80 different health and safety agencies and experts. The LCIPC is a multi-disciplinary cooperative of private and public partners that include fire and rescue agencies, emergency medical services, law enforcement agencies, hospital outreach programs, health agencies, and public and private schools. This provides a strong partnership to reach the greatest number of individuals, efficiently use limited resources, and deliver consistent, unified, safety messages to the public. For more information, visit http://www.leecountyinjuryprevention.org.