Stepping On is a program proven to reduce falls and build confidence in older people. A community-based, small-group workshop, Stepping On was developed in Australia and tested in a randomized trial where it demonstrated a 31% reduction in falls. Wisconsin developed an American version of Stepping On with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that has been tested in the United States and shown to achieve a 50% reduction in falls. Independent researchers have concluded that the success of Stepping On is attributable to Program Leaders' adherence to the program's Key Elements.
The Stepping On North America falls prevention program for older adults was developed by Dr. Lindy Clemson and co-authored by Ms. Megan Swann of the University of Sydney in Australia. It was brought to the U.S. and adapted for U.S. audiences by Dr. Jane E. Mahoney of the University of Wisconsin, WIHA’s Executive Director. By agreement with Dr. Clemson and Ms. Swann, WIHA has permission to use the Stepping On North America Leader Manual in its Leader Training programs to WIHA Licensees. This Leader Manual, published by Freiberg Press Inc., and on which the license and this program is based, is the required manual of every Leader Training. Consistent with copyright law, Stepping On Licensees ensure that one Stepping On North America Leader Manual is purchased from Freiberg for each individual Workshop Leader and Master Trainer for the Stepping On program. A CDC-approved Site Implementation Guide is also available to inform and assist anyone interested in the Stepping On program.
Video: How Stepping On Works - and Helps
Stepping On workshops
Stepping On is designed specifically for people who are: 1) at risk of falling, 2) have a fear of falling, or 3) who have fallen one or more times. Participants meet for two hours a week for seven weeks. Workshops are facilitated by trained Leaders and provide a safe and positive learning experience.
It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective. Classes are highly participative; mutual support and success build participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health behaviors, reduce their risk of falls, and maintain active and fulfilling lives.
Who should take the workshop?
Stepping On is for older adults who:
Learn more: Stepping On PowerPoint Presentation
This PowerPoint slide presentation provides background information on the Stepping On Program and was initially designed for potential program Leaders. You are welcome to use relevant slides through "Dissemination in Wisconsin" in any outreach efforts or in developing partnerships. The balance of the slides are related to Leader qualifications, Leader expectations and training, a community's readiness to take on the program, excerpts from the Planning Guide, the Leader portion of the WIHA website, support for Leaders and Leader training. As such, they are not relevant for potential participants but may be relevant in developing partnerships.
Stepping On Workshops by County
WIHA's Dissemination of the Stepping On Falls Prevention Program
Totals: 19 States, 12 with both Master Trainers and Leaders (including Wisconsin), 7 with Leaders Only
Stepping On Leader Application Form
For information on becoming a Stepping On Leader, please click on the "Becoming a Stepping On Workshop Leader" tab above. You will find a link to the online registration on that page.