Walk With Ease

Welcome to Self-Directed Walk With Ease!

The New York State Department of Health is partnering with the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance to make the Self-Directed Walk With Ease program available free for New York State residents with arthritis and related conditions limiting mobility.

What Is It?

Walk With Ease is a program for people with arthritis and other ongoing health problems. You'll learn how to start walking safely and stick with it.

With the self-directed program, you do the activities and exercises on your own using the Walk With Ease guidebook and walking journal. Walk three times a week, working up to at least thirty minutes per session for 6 weeks.

If you use a device like a cane or a walker to help you get around, you can still participate in the program.

How Can It Help Me?

Research studies on Walk With Ease have found it to be safe and effective. It can help you:

  • Reduce arthritis pain and stiffness.
  • Feel less tired.
  • Increase your stamina, strength, and balance.
  • Be more active and independent.
  • Feel more confident that you can control your arthritis.

Who is Eligible?

Eligibility is limited to New York State residents aged 18 and older with arthritis and related conditions limiting mobility.

How Do I Get Started?

  1. To sign-up, visit the Self-Directed Walk With Ease online portal.
  2. Create a free Walk With Ease account in the portal and complete the online registration.*
    If you would like to receive weekly motivational tips, please be sure to check the box to receive emails from the Walk With Ease portal.
  3. Receive your free Walk With Ease guidebook in the mail and start the six-week program.
  4. Log in to your Walk With Ease account each week to track your progress and read the recommended chapters in the guidebook.

During the six-week program, you will receive weekly emails to help guide you through the program. These emails will provide encouragement and tips to support your goals.

When you finish the program, you will be asked to complete a short evaluation. Your feedback is critical and will allow us to continue to offer Walk With Ease for free!

Thank you for your interest in Walk With Ease – happy walking!

*Please note that your responses in the registration form are protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).