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January 8, 2014

Another New Year, a 'New You'

GREENSBURG — In the wake of the biggest collective winter-weather brain freeze to hit the area in two decades, it might be understandable if Decatur Countians forgot or discarded their New Year’s resolutions altogether.

Decatur County Family YMCA fitness coordinator Deena Hamer, however, is doing her best to thaw out those frozen noggins and motivate Decatur Countians to remember: The disappointment of not reaching one’s fitness goals will linger far longer than any bout of chilly weather.

With a “resolution” of helping Decatur Countians achieve a fitter 2014, Hamer formally launched the Y’s annual “New Year, New You Transformation” on Tuesday; the launch was moved back a day due to the arctic weather. “New You” is a wellness program designed to motivate participants to exercise and eat a more healthy diet.

For Hamer, the New Year may well be the most optimal time on the calendar for a program like New You.

“When the New Year comes about,” she explained, “people seem to suddenly realize they haven’t been giving it their all in regards to keeping fit and eating right. People find themselves slacking off through the holidays and the New Year comes like a wake-up call, motivating them to get back to the gym.”

She continued, “Many people make various resolutions – cut out fast or fried foods, stop drinking soda and so forth; but they don’t really know how to go about achieving those goals on their own.”

That’s where New Year, New You comes in. The program is designed not only to motivate participants, but also to educate and get them exercising and dieting correctly and effectively based on their own individual needs.

To that end, the program includes a free personal-fitness session with Hamer herself or with YMCA trainer Anthony Meek. First though, participants do a “weigh-in” session, which incorporates a fitness evaluation and health assessment. Each weigh-in includes a body-fat measurement, as well as measurements of resting-heart-rate and blood-pressure. Those same measurements will be taken again at the end of the 10-week program – March 18.

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