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December 29, 2012

Moultrie YMCA offers healthy resolutions

MOULTRIE — The New Year is a time for new beginnings and seems to be a time to set goals that strengthen one’s spirit, mind and body. When making “New Year’s Resolutions,” the Moultrie YMCA 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,” said Greg Coop, CEO, Moultrie 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 Moultrie YMCA offers a variety of programs that support family time, such as youth and adult sports, Team Lean and group exercise classes. There are also simple things families can do at home to improve their family’s health and well-being. Here 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 the school day or their favorite part of the day. Set aside time for the family to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner 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 community that the entire family may enjoy, such as cleaning the neighborhood or distributing food at the local food bank.

•Unplug from technology: Limit screen time (television, video games, computer) and instead set aside an hour or two for activities that allow interaction and camaraderie. If weather permits, go for a walk, bike ride, or have a game night at home. If watching television is preferred, maybe have a movie night with the family instead.

•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 daily routines and spend more time walking to places instead of driving to improve health and well-being.

•Put extras to good use: Have extra canned goods or clothes that could benefit others in need? Clean out the pantry, closet or attic and donate extra items to homeless shelters or community outreach programs. This will get the entire family involved and demonstrate to the children the value of giving.

For additional tips or to learn more about the Moultrie YMCA’s family time programs, contact Robin McCord at 985-1154 or visit their Facebook page, MoultrieYMCA.

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