Statewide Initiatives

Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program

The Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program (BPSMP helps adults with hypertension lower and manage their blood pressure. The four-month program focuses on regulated home self-monitoring of one’s blood pressure using proper measuring techniques, individualized support and nutrition education for better blood pressure management.

Participating YMCAs: 

Capital District YMCA

Family YMCA of the Glens Falls Area 

YMCA of Long Island

YMCA of Greater New York 

YMCA of Greater Rochester 


YMCA of Greater Syracuse 

Watertown Family YMCA 

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is a low-cost evidence-based intervention developed by Dr. Kate Lorig through the Stanford University School of Medicine. CDSMP is designed for adults with a variety of chronic conditions (e.g. arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, lung disease, etc.) to gain self-efficacy and education through interactive peer support. For six weeks, workshops gather in convenient community settings and are facilitated by a pair of trained leaders – one or both of whom is a non-health professional living with a chronic disease.


Enhance®Fitness is an evidence-based group exercise program for older adults that uses simple, easy-to-learn movements that motivate individuals – particularly those with arthritis – to stay active throughout their life. Each class session includes cardiovascular, strength training, balance, and flexibility exercises and the fostering of strong social relationships between participants. Learn the latest facts about the program from the downloadable fact sheet.

The Alliance set out to share the numerous stories of the individuals that had their lives changed by the Y’s EnhanceFitness program. Featuring nine YMCA branches, the Alliance and Cantaloupe.TV traveled the across New York State in search of understanding just how great of an impact the evidence-based program had on those who have participated. 
Click here for the full Storybook experience!

Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards

In response to a call by First Lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America, the Y has expanded its longtime commitment to supporting healthy living by adopting a set of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards. Based, in part, on years of research with key partners, the HEPA standards will build a healthier future for our nation’s children by creating environments rich in opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity. Visit Choices Within Limits to learn more about the Y’s food, beverage, screen time, infant feeding, physical activity, and family engagement standards.

Check out our HEPA IN NEW YORK STATE Infographic to learn about the reach and impact our healthy living initiative has made on the Empire State.

Walkability Initiative

In Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities, the U.S. Surgeon General made clear that there is an urgent need to promote physical activity to prevent and control disease. With one out of every two American adults living with a chronic disease, such as heart disease, cancer, or diabetes and a growing number of children and youth at risk or living with these diseases, it is critical that states takes action. The Alliance works to educate leaders and advance policy on the health and economic benefits of walkability and walkable communities, Safe Routes to Schools, and Complete Streets.

NEW: Take a look at how one YMCA in New York State is committed to connecting their community through health, wellness and walkability!

YMCA of the USA’s Walkability Storybook

Y-USA: Walkability

Through a YMCA of the USA mini-grant for participation in strategies that support the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on walking, the Oneonta Family YMCA was funded to pilot the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk with Ease program. The Oneonta Y was chosen to be featured in the Y-USA Walkability Storybook, which highlights all of the work done nationwide in getting communities active and healthy.

The Alliance is very proud of this work, and we are happy to continue to support walkability and walkable communities across New York State.