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–Courtesy Cobb County Library Communications–

Governor Nathan Deal proclaims Friday, September 22, as Falls Prevention Awareness Day in Georgia. The governor’s proclamation includes Georgia Libraries as a partner of the statewide effort to address this costly challenge with evidence-based, cost-effective interventions for reducing fall injuries.

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to present the Falls Prevention Awareness Day proclamation proposed by Cobb County Public Library System and Senior Services at Friday’s BOC meeting at 10 am.

Throughout the three years of Cobb public library’s Falls Prevention Awareness Initiative, Kennesaw Library Manager Ginny Everett and Communications Specialist Tom Brooks have worked with Evidence-Based Coordinator Amy Woodell of Cobb Senior Services (CSS) to plan and stage about two dozen events in support of the initiative along with teams of library staff, WellStar Health System, area Lions Clubs and other community partners. Amy also supported East Cobb Library Adult Services Librarian Susan Irvin as she was trained and serves as a coach for A Matter of Balance classes. Fitness Education Specialist Tara Vroman of Cobb Senior Services has led Tai Chi demo classes and provided other support for the initiative in 2017 as well.

Many Cobb library staff members and the majority of the library locations have participated in this community health and public safety initiative. These efforts have inspired other Georgia libraries to schedule Falls Prevention events and to consider adapting the Cobb model. It’s nice to see “Library” in the governor’s listing of major health and senior services organizations.