Start Off ‘Small’ When Setting New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year is a time for new beginnings and to set goals that strengthen one’s spirit, mind and body. While it’s tempting to make big goals, it’s essential to start small. Set goals that are attainable, easy to sustain and lead to big benefits over time. As a community-serving organization here in the Pee Dee, we see how things such as getting involved in with the community and making lifestyle changes can change someone’s life for the better. Here are five New Year’s Resolutions the Upper Pee Dee YMCA recommends for 2015:

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.

2. Commit to Community Service: Giving back and supporting neighbors can benefit everyone involved.

3. Unplug from Technology: Limit screen time (television, video games, computer, etc.) and instead set aside an hour or two for activities.

4. Be Physically Active: It’s important for children to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

5. Put Extras to Good Use: Clean out your pantry, closet or attic and donate extra items to homeless shelters or community outreach programs.

“At the Y, we are committed to strengthening communities and believe this begins with strengthening the people within the community,” said Shawn Patch, CEO, Upper Pee Dee YMCA. “Setting a goal to achieve any one of the Y’s recommended five New Year’s Resolutions can help improve one’s health and well-being.”

For additional tips or to learn more about how to get involved with the Upper Pee Dee YMCA, contact 843-383-4547 or visit

Author: Duane Childers

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