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Healthy Steps is a comprehensive evidence-based fall-prevention program for adults ages 50 and up. It uses best practices for health literacy. It includes several components that work together to reduce falls and promote health:
• Healthy Steps for Older Adults is a two- to four-session program that includes screening for risk factors, referrals for health care, assistance with home safety modifications, and follow-up. It uses a 64-page consumer take-home guide and includes a program manual for facilitators.
• Healthy Steps in Motion is an ongoing exercise class that includes a take-home exercise guide.
The program was developed and introduced over several phases. It was pilot tested and evaluated through demonstration projects in three Pennsylvania counties in 2005–2006, using both qualitative and quantitative measures. It was further evaluated, adjusted, and revised in 2006, and published in both English and Spanish. Healthy Steps was implemented throughout Pennsylvania in 2007.