Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

January 15, 2014

Resolve to feel better in spirit, mind and body

No join fee for new members through Jan 31


NEW CASTLE, Pa., Jan 10, 2014 – It’s not too late to make your New Year’s Resolutions and the New Castle Community YMCA is inviting you to take action and resolve to be well in spirit, mind and body in 2014. Through Jan 31, we’ll waive the joiner fee for all new members, a savings of $50-$124.

Membership and Wellness Director, Michelle Swogger said, “Every New Year brings with it temptations to make big lofty goals. The Y wants to help you make 2014 different. Set smaller goals that are attainable and easy to sustain because they will lead to big benefits over time.”

Here are five New Year’s Resolutions the Y believes you can attain and the best part is you and our community will benefit:        

1.    Eat Healthy: Make water your drink of choice (supplemented by age-appropriate portions of 100 percent fruit juices and low-fat milk) and eat more fruits and vegetables. Keep it interesting and create some variety by mixing and matching fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables. 

2.    Commit to Community Service: 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 New Castle, such as cleaning the neighborhood park or distributing food at a local food bank.

3.    Unplug from Technology: Limit screen time (television, video games, computer, etc.) and instead set aside an hour or two for activities. If weather permits, go for a walk, bike ride, trip to the park, or have a game night at home with family or friends.

4.    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 and spend more time walking to places instead of driving to improve your health and well-being.

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 our friends at the City Rescue Mission, the Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County, the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities and other local agencies who help our neighbors in need.

For as little as $41/month for an adult or $61/month for a family you can become empowered to be more healthy, confident, connected and secure in 2014. Stop in to see us at the YMCA Downtown or Y-Zone in January for your tour and guest pass. Call us at 724.658.4766 or go to or to learn about your membership benefits.

About the Y

At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at