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YMCA of the USA
Increasing the Capacity of Steps-Funded Communities

Funding Period: 2005-2008

As the nation’s oldest and largest health and wellness organization, the YMCA of the USA is well positioned to support the Steps communities’ efforts to address the nation’s growing concerns regarding obesity and other chronic conditions.

In September 2004, the national office of the YMCA (YMCA of the USA) was selected as a funded national partner of the Steps communities and awarded $2 million ($500,000 per year for four years) through a cooperative agreement to increase the reach of Steps-funded activities. From FY 2005 through FY 2008, the YMCA of the USA provided annual mini-grants of $2,500 to $12,000 to YMCAs in Steps communities to collaboratively conduct projects that encourage Americans to make small behavioral changes that reduce the burden of obesity, diabetes, and asthma.

Because physical inactivity and poor nutrition are underlying risk factors of obesity, and increased exercise and improved nutrition can reduce this condition, the YMCA of the USA is a vital partner of the Steps communities. Since FY 2005, the YMCA of the USA has provided grants to local YMCAs and Steps communities to work together on evidence-based, chronic disease prevention and promotion programs.

In 2006, the accomplishments generated from collaborative efforts between local YMCA of the USA and their communities’ Steps programs were profiled in a YMCA of the USA national report, entitled “YMCA/Steps Community Collaborative Projects: Six Case Narratives”* (PDF–840K). More recently, in the Spring of 2007, the YMCA of the USA released a national report entitled "YMCA/Steps Community Collaborative Projects: Success Stories – Partnerships that Expand the Potential"* (PDF–2MB), which includes special profiles of another 11 YMCA/Steps partnerships at the community level, as well as a summary of all 40 YMCA/Steps Community Collaborative projects across the country.

As a strategic partner, the YMCA of the USA lends its facilities, staff, and resources to leverage the public recognition and support of the Steps communities’ activities. The organization has conducted two YMCA/Steps collaborative workshops with Steps leaders, local YMCAs, YMCA state alliances, and a steering committee of the nation’s premiere public health organizations.

The YMCA of the USA also actively promotes Steps activities through its many public health initiatives, including YMCA Activate America*, and to its 20 million members. Working together, CDC’s Steps communities and the YMCA of the USA aim to make healthy living a reality for millions of Americans.

*Links to non-Federal organizations are provided solely as a service to our users. Links do not constitute an endorsement of any organization by CDC or the Federal Government, and none should be  inferred. The CDC is not responsible for the content of the individual organization Web pages found at this link.

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Page last reviewed: February 6, 2009
Page last modified: February 6, 2009
Content source: Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

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