BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Statistics show that New Year’s resolutions are notoriously difficult to stick to – with less than a quarter of them kept.

To help individuals and families turn their resolutions into reality, the Somerset County YMCA is joining other Ys across the state in holding a January 10 Open House to promote lasting personal change and good health.

Open Houses will be held at each of the Somerset County YMCA’s branches: Bridgewater YMCA at 601 Garretson Rd., Hillsborough YMCA at 19 East Mountain Rd., Somerset Hills YMCA at 140 Mt. Airy Rd. and its auxiliary fitness center at the Riverwalk Fitness Center, both in Basking Ridge, and Somerville YMCA at 2 Green Street.

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“Every year, many of us resolve to improve,” said David Carcieri, CEO. “Often we approach our aspirations with a ‘someday’ commitment. We want everyone to know that they can make their ‘someday’ a reality at the Y. As a mission-based organization, we support individuals and families in reaching their goals. That’s why we invite the entire Somerset County community to our Open Houses on Jan. 10 to promote healthy change for the New Year.”

Community members can bring their families and their swim suits to any branch and enjoy a host of fun activities aimed at getting them started on a journey to positive change:

  • At the Somerset Hills YMCA in Basking Ridge, where the Open House is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., children can try a hip-hop class, enjoy pool slides or make summer camp S’mores around a campfire. The older ones can compete in an NBA Dribble, Dish, and Swish contest. Adults can join group exercise classes, and tour the Early Childhood Learning center and meet the teachers, while the children make a craft. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., Riverwalk will host group fitness classes including Zumba, Kid’s Yoga, Pilates and On the Ball.
  • At the Bridgewater YMCA aquatics center, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., family swim time is being offered, and swimmers of all levels are invited to have their strokes analyzed by swim instructors, who will give them tips to improve.
  • At the Hillsborough YMCA, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., visitors can sample fitness classes or, tour the Early Childhood Education Center and do some fun crafts. Swimming is from noon to 1 p.m. There will also be a special book signing by weight loss author Lori Sweeney!
  • At the Somerville YMCA, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., fitness classes such as boot camp, Pilates, and Strength Training will be offered. Children can take art or dance classes or play at a Bricks 4 Kids interactive table. Visitors can enjoy a gymnastics demonstration. Families are invited to tour our early childhood learning center, where their children can do crafts. Parents can have their children evaluated in the water for swim lessons.

The YMCA is a nonprofit and believes all should have the resources to achieve health and wellness. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.