SUMMIT, NJ - As part of a statewide wellness initiative designed to promote positive personal change and community health, the Summit YMCA and Berkeley Heights YMCA will host open house events January 7.

Statistics indicated that less than one-fourth of those making 'New Year's resolutions' keep those commitments, and the fact remains that creating personal change takes both 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 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.”

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At the Summit YMCA open house, special activities and promotions will include:

  • Join the Y on January 7 and the joining fee (value $95) will be waived.

  • Open to the community for free on January 7, no guest fee.

  • Special personal training package with wellness coaching for $99.

  • 9:30 - 11 a.m. - STEM Saturday (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

    • $170 members / $250 non-members

    • The Saturday class will help participants explore interesting topics through hands-on activities and exciting demonstrations. Parents are encouraged to attend classes and get in on all the fun. 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 - 5:15 p.m. - Open community swim

The Berkeley Heights YMCA will offer:

  • Open to the community for free on January 7.

  • Adult Group Exercise Classes available:

    • 7:20 a.m. -  Hatha Yoga with Laurie

    • 7:30 a.m. - All Terrain Cycling with Chrissy

    • 8:30 a.m. - Cardio Interval Class with Kelly

    • 8:30 a.m. - Hatha Yoga with Laurie

    • 10 a.m. - Zumba with Zulma

  • 9 - 11 a.m. and 6 - 8 p.m. - Nutrition Q&A with ShopRite Dietician

  • 10:45 - 11:30 a.m. - Kids Full Steam Ahead Class (2-5 years old)

    • A fun and educational journey to develop science, technology, engineering and math skills.

According to the Summit Area YMCA, the events at both YMCAs are part of "the Y promise 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."

The Summit YMCA is located at 67 Maple Street and The Berkeley Heights YMCA is located at 550 Springfield Avenue.