On your feet Hampshire!

This Falls Prevention Week (18-22 September), Hampshire County Council is highlighting the more than 100 ‘Steady and Strong’ classes taking place across the county each week, helping people aged 65+ maintain and improve their strength and balance, enabling them to stay independent and keep doing the things they love

Sep 18 2023

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Adult Services and Public Health, said: “With an estimated 86,000 people aged 65 and over in Hampshire experiencing a fall each year, we want to introduce people to fun, sociable and effective ways to keep strong, healthy and avoid falls!  Research shows that falling once doubles your chances of falling again - but there are lots of ways to reduce the risk. People should remember that falls are not an inevitable part of ageing. 

“Our Steady and Strong classes are specially designed to build strength, reducing the risk of falls and fractures.  They’re also lots of fun – with many of those attending saying that they’re also a great way to connect with others in their local community.”   

She added: “Being active is important for all ages, but even more so as we age. Laying the foundations early is important – our Live Longer Better website provides further advice and guidance on how to do this.” 

Steady and Strong classes are a mix of seated and standing exercises, with chair support for those who need it. Costs are kept low to make all the sessions accessible to as many people as possible - and new members are always welcome.

In addition to the regular classes, Steady and Strong Dance classes are also being introduced in more locations across Hampshire this autumn.  

To find a local class, visit Steady and Strong | Health and social care | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)