Staff Report

A New Year’s resolution is a tradition in which one makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something nice, make a commitment or set some goals to achieve, starting from New Year’s Day.

To help kickoff the new year, the Tampa YMCA has committed to make it a bit easier for area residents and their members to do more than just to set new goals for 2016.

Under a new campaign, “YMCA It’s Goal Time!  For a better you…” the Tampa Y has set out to help its members to both begin and actually reach their health and fitness goals.

“We are letting the public know that the Tampa YMCA is where they need to be to ensure they reach all of their 2016 goals when it comes to fitness, health, family time and budget management, just to name a few,” said Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, Communications Director Lalita Llerena.

Llerena emphasized that while the Y is well aware of the fact that weight loss and fitness is the number one New Year resolution, the Y has what its members need to accomplish this goal including facilities such as the local Campo Family YMCA and its programming which provides what its members need to meet many other goals they may have set out for themselves.

One specific element of the campaign is that if a new member joins during the month of January, their join fee is waived and they also get half off their January monthly fee or pro-rated depending on when they join.

President and CEO for the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, Tom Looby put things in perspective when he talked about setting new goals that strengthen one’s spirit, mind and body.

“While it’s tempting to make big goals, it’s important to start small,” Looby said in a letter to Y members. “Set goals that are attainable, easy to sustain and lead to big benefits over time.”

In his comments, Looby mentioned five specific New Year’s Resolutions including eating healthy, committing to community service, to unplug from technology, to be physically active and to put extras, such as canned goods or clothes that could benefit others in need, to good use.

“At the Y, we are committed to strengthening communities and believe that this begins with strengthening the people within the community,” he said. “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.”

Interestingly the Y also set its own goals for 2016 to ensure that its facilities are equipped and meet the needs of members during the new year and beyond. To that end the Campo Y has begun an extensive renovation project, which includes the addition of an outdoor family fitness area, redesigned Wellness Floor, a separate core stretching area, a much welcomed sound system throughout the facility, replaced flooring in Kids Zone and improvements in the Member Service and Check-in area.

Y officials said that the planned renovation for 2016 includes a revamped Spin Studio, a new coffee bar area, replacement of the lobby furniture, upgrading its Kids Zone and locker room improvements.

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