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January Newsletter

by Kristen Hogan | Dec 31, 2018
 
REFRAME NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS
 
As you change your calendar from December to January, there’s always a bit of a thrill in the promise of a new year that’s full of potential. The New Year is a chance to start fresh and say goodbye to any of the frustrations the previous year held—a perfect opportunity to make resolutions that will help strengthen one’s spirit, mind, and body.
 
However, many of us find our resolutions thrown out along with the holiday decorations. It’s no wonder—starting the New Year by making sweeping cuts to our diets and declarations that we’ll hit the gym seven days a week doesn’t exactly set us up for success! But by reframing resolutions and breaking them down into smaller, easy-to-sustain goals you’ll see big benefits in the long run.
 
As a leading community service organization here in the Capital Area, we see how getting involved in the community and making lifestyle changes can change someone’s life for the better. Here are five New Year’s Resolutions the Y recommends for 2019:
 
1. Move More:It’s important for children to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day (30 minutes for adults). Incorporate physical activity into your daily routines and spend more time walking to places instead of driving to improve your health and well-being.
 
2. Swap a Soda a Day:It may be difficult but cutting soda can do wonders for your body. If you can’t cut it entirely, resolve to swap one soda a day for a large glass of water instead. Once you’ve been able to swap one out, see if you can cut soda entirely.
 
3. Schedule Family-Time:With work, school, and activities family-time may seem like an impossible task, but see if your family can have a “screen-free” night with no phones, video games, etc. Instead, use that time to play a board game, play outside, or visit with family and friends.
 
4. Volunteer Your Time:Giving back and supporting neighbors can benefit everyone involved. Not only is it a personally rewarding experience to help others in need, but it’s also a way to meet new people or discover an interest. Find an opportunity in your community, such as reading to children at the library or distributing food at a local food bank.
 
5. Put Extras to Good Use:Do you have extra canned goods or clothes that could benefit others in need? Clean out your pantry, closet, or attic and donate extra items to homeless shelters or community outreach programs.
 
WELCOME LAURA O'BRIEN
We are excited to announce that Laura O'Brien has joined the Y family as the new Operations Director for the Americana YMCA. Laura is already working on new programs and has lots of new ideas to make our Y the best it can be! Please stop by the Americana YMCA and welcome Laura!
 
ANGEL TREE
 
The Y would like to extend a big thank you to YMCA members for making Christmas wishes come true by purchasing Christmas gifts for angels on our tree! With your help, we were able to give gifts to children in need! THANK YOU!
 
 
RESOLUTION BINGO
 
Kick start your resolution with our annual Resolution Solution Bingo at the Y! Bingo is a fun and easy way to get moving again after the holiday season. Cross off boxes such as “Complete 30 minutes of cardio on a bike machine” or “Attend a group exercise class.” Win a free t-shirt for completing Bingo, and additional prizes for making an ‘X’ on your card or blacking it out! Bingo cards are available now at all YMCA locations.
 

 
UPCOMING EVENTS
January 1 - February 28:Resolution Bingo
January 1:New Year's Day, Open 8am-2pm, ALL LOCATIONS
January 2-4:Holiday Camp
January 2:Member Appreciation Day
January 21:Martin Luther King Day, Open regular business hours
January 25: Friend Friday, Y members can bring a guest for free
February 1:Spring l Sports Registration: Soccer (age 3-12), Baseball (age 3-12) & Volleyball (age 9-17).ymcabr.org/sports
February 1:Summer Camp registration begins
 
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