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YMCA of the USA Offers Simple Tips to Give the Lifetime Gift of Health and Well-Being to Family and Friends This Holiday Season

. Look forward to celebrating everyone's steps as

they increase their daily activity during the holiday season.

-- Celebrate the spirit of the season by committing to volunteer as a

family one evening a month, check out your local paper or YMCA for

events or organizations in need of volunteers. Or make a walking

program in your neighborhood for aging adults or people who live alone,

volunteer to walk with them one evening or late afternoon a week.

-- Incorporate physical activity into holiday activity planning. Turn a

family walk with visiting relatives into a tradition before opening

presents. Organize a neighborhood jingle bell jog to kick-off winter

break. Find the neighborhood with the fantastic light displays; park

and stroll instead of admiring from the car.

"The holiday season and beginning of a new year is a great time for American families to adopt new traditions and routines and get physically active," said Nicoll. "The payoff is well worthwhile: a longer, healthier life and a stronger, happier family."

For more tips, visit and click on "Resources for Families."

The YMCA: A Long-Standing Commitment to Health of Spirit, Mind and Body

YMCA of the USA is the national resource office for the nation's 2,663 YMCAs, which serve nearly 20.2 million people each year, including 9.4 million children under the age of 18. Through a variety of programs and services focused on the holistic development of children and youth, health and well-being for all and family strengthening, YMCAs unite men, women and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. From urban areas to small towns, YMCAs have proudly served America's communities for nearly 160 years by building healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Visit http://www

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