The Arkansas City Recreation Center (ACRC) currently is hosting “One Step at a Time,” a countywide walking program.

Arkansas City Recreation Center starts walking programThis program was made possible through a grant received from Legacy Regional Community Foundation.

Legacy offered the grant, in part, as an initiative to address children’s health disparities.

Applicants submitted proposals to provide funding to plan and implement countywide programming that motivates children and families to become more physically active.

ACRC’s program encompasses an easy 30 minutes a day, three to four times a week.

A kickoff party Oct. 14 in the Paris Park Pool parking lot launched the program with information and prizes.

“After that, they can walk anywhere they want,” said ACRC Programs Director A.J. Davidson.

“We had mile signs made for the walking path that we would like them to all see for the first initial walk.”

This program is open to people of all ages. Call (620) 441-4300 with any questions.

Cowley County currently is ranked the 84th-healthiest county in Kansas. Additionally, access to exercise in Cowley County is rated at 50 percent, versus the state average of 76 percent.

Legacy Foundation is committed to creating a stronger future for the area by building endowments, providing informed leadership and connecting donors to the critical needs of the region.