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Take a stand to prevent falls

Week four in Falls Prevention Month focuses on physical activity to improve mobility


Falling is not a normal part of aging. Physical activity is one way to help reduce the risk of falling by improving balance, flexibility, core strength and endurance - ultimately improving coordination and confidence.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that adults exercise moderately for at least 150 minutes per week. Being active should be a part of everyday life. People should look for new ways to keep moving and build activity into a daily routine.

Consider enjoyable activities or attend an exercise program. It is never too late to begin by adding 5- or 10-minute sessions once or twice a day. Work with a doctor to find the right plan and check for any health restrictions. Benefits of regular exercise include easy completion of daily life tasks as well as avoiding illness and injury while remaining independent.

Go to Cass County’s Live Healthy website to play Falls Prevention Bingo and for more information on exercise videos and exercising safely to improve mobility. Visit https://www.co.cass.mn.us/livehealthy/falls_prevention.php .

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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