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S.A.I.L. - Stay Active & Independent for Life


A strength and balance fitness class for adults 65+

SAIL is an evidence-based program designed to prevent falls and includes exercise classes, educational materials and self-assessments. The classes are designed specifically for older adults and focus on strength, balance, flexibility and aerobics. The Knox County Health Department is proud to offer instructor training and support to maintain the SAIL program locally.


It works…you’ll be stronger, have better balance and will feel better. SAIL will help you stay independent, active and prevent falls.

It’s safe…the instructors are experienced and skilled, and exercises have been tested with seniors.

It’s fun…you’ll meet other seniors and make new friends.

When and where are classes?

Please call for specific dates and times of classes.  A small fee may be associated with the SAIL classes.

Knox County:

Carter Senior Center – 865-932-2939

Instructor: Lori Mason

Corryton Senior Center – 865-688-5882

Instructor: Johnnie Long

Halls Senior Center – 865-922-0416

Instructor: Johnnie Long

South Knoxville Senior Center - 865-573-5843

Instructor: Danyell Schoene

Trinity Chapel Church – 865-689-0171

Instructor: Debbie Harris

University of TN Medical Center Physical Therapy - 865-305-3299

Instructor: Amy Shafer

Anderson County:

First Baptist Clinton – 865-689-0171

Instructor: Debbie Harris

Why focus on fall prevention?

According to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the third leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S. with 83 percent of these occurring among adults 65 and older. One in 10 adults in this age group will suffer a serious injury from falling, such as a broken hip. In addition, more than 40 percent of those hospitalized due to a hip fracture cannot live independently and will never return home.

According to mortality statistics from the Tennessee Department of Health, approximately 20 Knox County seniors die each year from injuries received during a fall. From 2006 to 2009, 7,025 Knox County adults 65 years or older sought hospital care due to falls (Knox County Hospital Discharge records).

For more information:
Rachel Frazier, public health educator
Knox County Health Department

SAIL testimonials from Halls Senior Center

  • Joan – “Class is great! I am looking forward to improving my coordination. I have already improved my mental attitude.”
  • Danny – “I was going to get out of the recliner and my shoe stuck to the carpet and I would have fallen except for the fact that the SAIL class has helped me with balance.”
  • Evelyn – “I have arthritis and osteoporosis and scoliosis, so I have been exercising to help strengthen my bones and muscles and also heart and lungs. It helps everything – brain too!”
  • Sue – “I have asthma and was unable to stand up and do exercised with the class. Now I can keep up with everyone else without breathing hard.”
  • Bernice – “My sister is 85. She called me and said would you like to go to the SAIL program? She now goes to the one closer at Carter senior center.”
  • Susan – “I have built strength and muscle tone and improved my balance very much over the past 6 months since SAIL program started. I enjoy and look forward to exercise now and hate it when I have to miss. Keep it going!”
  • Frances – “I was losing my balance and was afraid of falling. I learned about the SAIL class and started attending. My balance has improved; my strength and muscles have also been helped. I thoroughly enjoy the class with Johnnie and always look forward to it!”
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Main Clinic
140 Dameron Ave,
Knoxville, TN 37917

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

All health department clinics open at 12:30 p.m. on the 1st Wednesday of the month.

405 Dante Road
Knoxville, TN 37918

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
(daily for lunch)

All health department clinics open at 12:30 p.m. on the 1st Wednesday of the month.

1028 Old Cedar Bluff
Knoxville, TN 37923

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

All health department clinics open at 12:30 p.m. on the 1st Wednesday of the month.

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