Healthy Steps in Motion (HSIM)
Fall Prevention Evidence-based Program – Exercise Focused Strength Training and Balance
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging offers this falls prevention exercise program to adults 50 years of age and older. The program is taught by Certified Workshop Leaders and is designed for people of all fitness levels. It consists of eight sessions presented as either a two session per week program over four weeks or a one session per week program over eight weeks. It starts with a warm-up, followed by strength and balance exercises and ends with a cool-down stretch. There are three levels of exercises, which enables participants to continue HSIM for as long as they like.
HSIM strives to reduce the risk of falling by:
- Building body strength
- Increasing flexibility
- Improving balance
HSIM promotes increased socialization and physical activities outside of the program among participants.
HSIM Workshop Leaders are certified through classroom instruction with an exercise physiologist to teach any of the three levels of strength and balance exercises.
For information on attending a HSIM workshop, contact your local Area Agency on Aging.