FCS Educators Receive Grant from Ohio Falls Coalition
Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Educators Lorrissa Dunfee, Belmont County, and Michelle Treber, Pickaway County, recently received a $4,000 grant from the Ohio Falls Coalition to promote the overall health and wellness of senior citizens in their counties.
Statistics reveal that one in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for senior citizens in the United States, however, through evidence-based falls prevention programs many are preventable and can be significantly reduced.
The program, Bingocize, encourages movement and focuses on fall prevention and health education messages. Grant funds, managed by Belmont County’s health department, will be used to train Ohio State University Extension professionals and community partners for delivery in any county. Additionally, the funding will cover the Bingocize program materials and provide environmental supports such as grab bars for participants who successfully complete the program.