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YMCA: Make a Total Lifestyle Change in 2020
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11 December 2019   Laura Winniford, YMCA

Make a Total Lifestyle Change for your 2020 New Year’s Resolution. 

Prescott, AZ, December 11, 2019 - Along with singing “Auld Lang Syne” at the start of the New Year, making resolutions is a tradition for millions of Americans. However, while choosing a resolution can be easy, sticking to it can be impossible. 

This year, the James Family Prescott YMCA is encouraging community members to give their New Year’s resolutions a boost by creating smaller, more manageable goals that can lead to success of a larger one. “’Losing weight’ is too broad,” explains Mary Byrne, Health & Wellness Director. “Reframe that big resolution into smaller, more manageable ones. Try signing up for our year-long Total Lifestyle Change (TLC) class to help keep you accountable all year, January Triathlon challenge, swimming or any of our over 120 group exercise classes.” 

The YMCA also explains that reframing your goals in a positive way can help you stick to them. For example, you may want to limit your screen time in 2020, but that can be more manageable if you replace it with something positive like volunteering or setting special time aside for family. “Try not to think about what you’re missing, but rather what you’re gaining. This can make a resolution feel more positive, and therefore more achievable,” says Mary Byrne. The Y also explains that it’s important to not let yourself get discouraged by setbacks. Even though you may experience some missteps throughout the day—or even the week—that doesn’t mean you have to give up. “Nobody got their bad habits over the course of a week, so you’re not going to change them in a week either!” explains Mary Byrne. “Change is a process and bad days are part of that process.” 

The James Family Prescott YMCA is offering a Total Lifestyle Change (TLC) class – which is framed after the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. The YMCA’s TLC Program helps adults at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, have high blood pressure, or who are overweight adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles. Type 2 diabetes is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and people with diabetes are twice as likely to have heart disease or suffer a stroke as those who do not have it.

The program provides a year-long supportive environment where participants work together in a small group to learn about eating healthier, increasing their physical activity and making other behavior changes with the goal of reducing body weight by 7 percent in order to reduce their risk for developing diabetes. A trained lifestyle coach leads the program over a 12-month period. Increased physical activity and moderate weight loss not only reduce diabetes risk, but also have an impact on lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Class starts January 22 and runs Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00pm.

Donna G. joined the TLC class in January 2019 and lost a total of 80 pounds in 2019. Donna said “I am learning that healthy eating and regular exercise is a lifestyle and I am reaping the benefits. I am no long pre-diabetic, my mobility has greatly improved and my medications are reduced. My doctors are amazed at my progress and results. I am not done yet and am continuing in the TLC program this year.” “We are excited to offer this class. January is the time a lot of people focus on their health habits. Everybody strives to be healthier. This gives them 12 months of accountability to help make this happen,” says Mary Byrne, Health and Wellness Director. 

The YMCA is also offering a January Triathlon Challenge to kickstart your year. This Challenge begins January 1st and can create a whole new beginning to your healthy lifestyle. The Triathlon Challenge consists of cycling 112 miles, run/walking 26.2 miles and swimming 2.4 miles. Miles can be completed at the YMCA, at home, at a park, on a trail. You can do the challenge as an individual, with a partner, with a friend, compete against a co-worker, etc. No excuses…just do it. The miles need to be completed by January 31st. Everyone who completes the challenge will receive a t-shirt and the $20.00 fee goes to our Annual Scholarship Fund which helps provide affordable programs and services to benefit people of all incomes and backgrounds. 

For additional tips or to learn how to get involved with the James Family Prescott YMCA, contact Mary Byrne at 928-445-7221 x219 or visit www.prescottymca.org

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About James Family Prescott YMCA 

The James Family Prescott YMCA is a community within a community serving our diverse population in the quad-city area. As a leading nonprofit organization, the YMCA exists to strengthen the foundation of the community. The YMCA serves local communities in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Dewey/Humboldt; offering over 60 health, wellness and community programs within the four-building facility.  

The YMCA is dedicated to providing affordable programs and services to benefit people of all incomes and backgrounds. Thanks to the generous support of those who donate to the Y’s Annual Campaign and other fundraising events, financial assistance is available to those who cannot afford the full fee and qualify for assistance. 

The YMCA aims to provide each member with every opportunity to reach farther and improve their lives and the lives of those around them. Through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, the YMCA’s goal is to inspire positive and lasting social change. For more information visit www.prescottymca.org.  

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net