The New Year is a time for new beginnings and to set goals that strengthen one's spirit, mind and body. When making New Year's Resolutions, the Door County Y reminds families that building and maintaining family connectedness is one of the most important resolutions.
"At the Y, we are committed to strengthening individuals and families to build stronger communities," says Dan Powell, CEO, Door County YMCA. "When making New Year's Resolutions, we encourage people to begin with small changes that are easy to sustain and that lead to big benefits over time. Also, set goals as a family to learn and thrive together."
The YMCA offers a variety of programs that support family time and healthy living, such as Family Nights, Exercise programs for all fitness levels, one on one Jumpstart fitness programs, and Freedom from smoking classes. There are also simple things families can do at home to improve their family's health and well-being. Following are five New Year's Resolutions the Y recommends for 2013:
Eat Together: Sitting down together for a meal is a great way for parents and children to share stories, or talk about their favorite part of the day. Set aside time for the family to eat a balanced meal together at least once a week or every day if scheduling permits.
Volunteer Together: Giving back and supporting neighbors benefits everyone involved. It teaches children and teens the value of helping others and is also a way to meet new people or discover a new interest. Find an opportunity in the Door County community that the entire family may enjoy, such as shoveling snow for an elderly neighbor, working at an event at the Y, or visiting someone in a nursing home.
Unplug from Technology: Limit screen time (television, video games, computer, etc.) and instead set aside an hour or two for activities that allow interaction and camaraderie. If weather permits, go for a walk, rent some snow shoes at the Y, visit our snowy state parks, or have a game night at home. If you do want to watch television, maybe have a movie night with the family.
Be Physically Active: 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. Find fun ways to do this with new Y programs like Kettle Bell, ActivTrax nutrition and fitness tracking, or cardio drumming. Check out our brand new strength equipment at both Y centers, or just walk the track with a friend. Looking for play on New Year's day? The Y will be open free of charge for the entire community 11am-3pm.
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. You can also get the entire family involved and demonstrate to the children the value of giving.
For additional tips or to learn more about the Door County Y's many health seeking programs, contact 743-4949 or visit http://www.doorcountyymca.org/. Take the plunge toward a healthier you in 2013!