PORTAGE | As a way to ring in the New Year with a healthy New You, the Portage Township YMCA has started a New Year’s Resolution initiative to encourage the community to be healthy and involved.
Starting Feb. 1, the Y will be offering,” Buddies for Bucks!” Existing members can bring in a buddy and receive $25 in Y-Bucks for each buddy enrolling in a membership. Y-Bucks must be redeemed within 60 days. Y-Bucks can be used for programs or memberships.
As an organization that aims to strengthen the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Portage Y hopes to encourage more community members to join and take part in the Y’s initiatives such as the walking club, family float swim time, running club and much more. Enrolling in a household Y membership also offers an exclusive benefit of 30 percent off of most programs.
Representatives at the Portage Y hope to change the mindset of those in the community and help those on the fence commit to making Portage a healthy place for all. Here are five New Year’s Resolutions that we recommend to new members joining in 2013.
One resolution the Y is promoting is for community members to engage in a healthier lifestyle. Taking the stairs instead of using elevators and walking instead of driving, are a few examples of ways we suggests staying active within the day.
“The Y is a place where people can go to live a healthier lifestyle. We want to share the message that residents can help their community just by joining the Y,” said Linda Mendez, fitness coordinator.
The second resolution is to volunteer. Volunteers have the opportunity to engage as coaches, assistants, mentors and support assistants.
Along with the self-fulfillment theme of volunteering, the third resolution the Y offers is the calling of philanthropy. Each tax-deductible dollar contributed to the Annual Support Campaign goes directly to making YMCA programs and membership available to those in need. It takes only one to make a difference. Be that one.
The fourth resolution for the community is to engage in a new activity and walk away with a new skill. The Y offers opportunities in computers, prayer groups, Pilates, aquatics, spin, walking/running clubs, racquetball, volleyball, Zumba and much more.
In addition to building bonds through programs, the final New Year’s resolution is to encourage spending time with family and friends.