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Page ’6 Lake Stevens Journal September 21, 2011 Falls prevention signs to be installed at Hawkin’s House JOURNAL STAFF Falling is a common and serious problem among older adults, however not an inevi- table one. Simple steps taken now to im- prove your strength and balance will help you avoid falls now and into the future. On Friday, Sept. 16, Lake Stevens Fire and Snohomish County Falls Prevention Coalition partnered to hostaribbon cutting celebration for newly developed “Keeping Your Balance" signs at senior living facility, Hawkin’s House. This celebration came one week before National Falls Prevention Awareness Week. Lake Stevens Fire Public EducatorAlison Caton explained, “The ‘Keeping Your Bal- ance’ signs illustrate simple exercises that can be done quickly and easily A handrail installed directly under the posted signs will encourage persons to actually perform the exercises right then and there.” “Our hope is that people will make use of the signs to help build strength and bal- ance thus decreasing the number of falls in our communities," said Tim Mierau, Chair of the Snohomish County Falls Prevention Coalition. Signs are lightweight, easily installed and cost effective. Anyone interested in attending the event or interested in how they might be able to get a set of “Keeping Your Balance” signs for a senior complex can contact Jan Skidmore at jskidmore@ sssc.org. For more information on preventing falls, visit www.sssc.org/fall_preven- tion_coalition. Photo By Keicey Hatch Senior citizens try out excercises that will help them to keep their balance and avoid falls. Boy Scout Troop 41 of Lake Stevens collects food outside of Jay's Market. Contributed Photo Local Boy Scouts hold food drive for peOple and pets JOURNAL STAFF Boy Scout Troop #41 of Lake Stevens collected 330 pounds of food and pet food during the “Scouting for Food” drive on Saturday, Sept. 10 in front of Jay’s Market. The troop, chartered by the Kiwanis, donated all of the food to the Lake Ste— vens Food Bank. Scouting for Food was started in 1988 and has resulted in the largest collection and donation of food ever experienced in the United States. The troop would like to thanklay’s Mar- ket for their assistance, the Kiwanis, and the giving citizens of Lake Stevens that made this such a successful event. For more information about the troop check out their website at http:/ /www. klahaya.org/troop4l. “ ‘tlsi Jr, ., and Vicki