Stay on Your Feet


Stay on Your Feet ("SOYF") is a falls prevention strategy used across Northeastern Ontario communities to help older adults stay active, independent, and on their feet. SOYF offers a variety of falls prevention resources, free exercise classes in the community, and opportunities for networking, and training.

The Health Unit has a local SOYF coalition that includes community stakeholders, volunteers, and organizations that work on planning and implementing local activities to decrease the number of falls and fall-related injuries in older adults in the North Bay and Parry Sound districts.

If you or your organization are interested in joining the coalition, please call Joanna Han at 705-746-5801 or toll-free at 1-800-563-2808 ext. 3222.

Preventing a fall

Did you know that falling is not a normal part of aging? Most falls are due to factors that can be modified through health and lifestyle changes. Stay on Your Feet has nine ways that you can use to help prevent a fall.

Nine Steps to Prevent a Fall:

  1. Be active
  2. Walk tall
  3. Improve your balance
  4. Foot care and safe footwear
  5. Manage your health
  6. Manage your medications
  7. Regularly check your eyesight and hearing
  8. Eat well for life
  9. Identify, remove, and report hazards

Physical activity 

The best way to reduce your risk of falls is to be physically active. The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology recommends that older adults 65 years and older should participate in at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week to achieve health benefits 

The Health Unit hosts a variety free exercise classes for older adults to participate in:

Stand Up!

Stand Up! is a free 12-week group exercise program offered twice a week in multiple communities in the Nipissing and Parry Sound districts. The program focuses on building balance, strength, and flexibility among older adults who live independently in the community. Stand Up! also includes education once a week to teach participants about various topics like medication management and choosing safe footwear.

Call the Health Unit to learn more about the Stand Up! classes available in your area.

Free exercise classes in the community

Free exercise classes are offered in different locations across the Nipissing and Parry Sound districts. No registration is necessary.

Free exercise class schedule


Home Safety Checklist

Use this checklist to make your home a safer place to live.

The First Step

How to take your first step to prevent yourself from falling.

What to do if you fall

What to do when you are injured after a fall and how to get up safely from a fall.

North Bay

345 Oak Street West

Parry Sound

70 Joseph Street Unit #302

Burk's Falls

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)