In 2018, the Alliance received a mini-grant from YMCA of the USA to participate in two strategies that supported the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on walking. With the grant, the Alliance identified an opportunity to pilot the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease Program in conjunction with the Oneonta Family YMCA.

This rural community and their program were chosen to be a feature story in the Y-USA Walkability Storybook, which highlights the strategies State Alliances across the nation are taking to promote the many healthy and economic benefits of walking.

If you’d like to learn more about the Walk With Ease Program or Y-USA’s Walkability Grant, contact Paige Hughes, Director of Healthy Living at

Y-USA Walkability Storybook