“For More”: New Jersey YMCAs Come Together to Affirm Healthy Communities


It seems nearly everyone has a “New Year’s resolution,” but statistics indicate that less than a quarter of these resolutions are kept. To help keep those personal goals real, YMCAs across the state will conduct Open House events at their local facilities on January 7th. To learn more about your local YMCA and the “For More” healthy living and open house events, visit www.njymca.org.

Creating personal change takes effort, and support. To encourage individuals and families to make their resolutions a reality, YMCAs across the state annually come together to promote healthy living in their individual communities. The Y promise is that when people are engaged in YMCA programs and memberships, children learn what they can achieve, families spend quality time together, and we all build relationships that deepen our sense of belonging.

To get more out of every day, stop by your local Y on January 7th to see and feel the power of the Y! Some of the planned activities at New Jersey YMCAs include: Tours, exercise classes, and open swim time.


At the Berkeley Heights YMCA:
• Open to the community for free on January 7
• Adult Group Exercise Classes available:

o 7:20AM – Hatha Yoga with Laurie
o 7:30AM – All Terrain Cycling with Chrissy
o 8:30AM – Cardio Interval Class with Kelly
o 8:30AM – Hatha Yoga with Laurie
o 10:00AM – Zumba with Zulma

• 9AM-11AM and 6PM-8PM: Nutrition Q&A with Shoprite Dietician
• 10:45AM-11:30AM: Kids Full Steam Ahead Class (2-5 years old)

o Take a fun and educational journey to develop science, technology, engineering and math skills!



At the Summit YMCA:
• Join the Y on January 7 and get your joining fee (value $95) waived!
• Open to the community for free on January 7, no guest fee
• Special personal training package with wellness coaching for $99

• 9:30AM-11AM: STEM Saturday (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

o $170 members / $250 non-members
o Our Saturday class will help your child explore interesting topics through hands-on activities and exciting demonstrations. Parents are encouraged to attend classes and get in on all the fun, too! This session’s offerings include methods of physics, chemistry investigations, simple circuits, cooking and more. All materials are included in the cost of registration.

• 4:00PM-5:15PM Open community swim

“The Y is a community that supports individuals and families in reaching their goals,” said Paul Kieltyka, CEO & President of the Summit Area YMCA. “Y staff and volunteers are sincere about helping members in building endurance, losing weight, and strengthening your heart. When you join the Y, you’re committing to more than simply becoming healthier. You are supporting the values and programs that strengthen your community.”

Many Y’s will have giveaways and guest passes for those in attendance. Other typical offerings include children’s activities, healthy snacks, contests, and pure fun! Also check the state Y website www.njymca.org for a 3 month membership drawing and local YMCA contact information.