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New Year's fitness programs

Waterloo (KWWL) - New Year's is just around the corner, and that means resolutions.

One of the most common resolution includes exercise, and local organizations are doing their part to help you get back in shape.


Family YMCA of Black Hawk County is offering three adult sports leagues this winter season. Form a basketball team with friends and co-workers and then compete against them in a racquetball league. Their goal is to provide fun recreational activities for adults who wish to compete in various sports.

- Dodgeball League

- Racquetball League

- 5 on 5 Basketball League

Dodgeball League: January 8 - February 12 (Thursday evenings)

Racquetball League: January 26 - April 3 (One match per week)

Basketball League: February 8 - March 29 (Sunday evenings)

CONTACT: Ryan Mathews, Sports Director (319-233-3531 x 204)


Start off your child's New Year with some fun activities at the YWCA of Black Hawk County.

The YWCA is offering Gymnastics, Cheerleading and Tae Kwon Do Classes. Classes will begin the week of January 12, 2009 and will meet once a week for an eight week session.

Contact the YWCA or look in the winter Program Brochure for class times and costs. Registration is required for all classes and financial scholarships are available.

For more information about classes contact Debbie Roth, Health Promotion Services Director at the YWCA at 319-234-7589.


You lead a busy life. You have endless responsibilities and may not feel like you have time for a healthy lifestyle. That's why Live Healthy Iowa/Dubuque (formerly Lighten Up Iowa) will work for you. You don't have to change all at once or try to "fit" more in. Your lifestyle is a series of choices. Simply by changing the choices you already make every day, you can change your life.

Live Healthy Iowa/Dubuque (LHI) is a 100-Day Challenge that encourages Iowans to be more active and make healthier food choices. This program, starting January 14 and ending April 23, 2009 will launch locally with a Thursday, January 8 Captain's Breakfast at Courtside from 7 to 8:30 am and an Information Day at all local HyVee stores on Saturday, January 10 from 9 to 11:00 a.m.

The January 14 program launch is at the Dubuque Community Y from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. All attendees will receive a free 7-day pass to the Dubuque Community Y to be used anytime in the duration of the 100-day program. The theme of the Y kick-off night is, "Permission to Succeed - Four Lives Transformed by Exercise," will feature four local panelists who briefly share their success stories. Demonstrations on spin bikes and weighted hula-hoops will be available as well as tours of the Y facility and healthy snacks.

For $18, participants receive a free one-year subscription to a lifestyle magazine as well as a Live Healthy Iowa training shirt, chances to win prizes and incentives and weekly activity, nutrition and recipe tips via e-mail. Additionally each participant receives a personalized online dashboard to track your progress, with access to personalized meal plans and customized workouts. The goal is to choose healthier foods and ideas for becoming more physically active, with an overall goal of incorporating health into everyday life.

As an extra incentive, Hy-Vee Food Stores and Live Healthy America have teamed up to provide Iowans health information, healthy foods and a participation discount of $8 per person. For more information, visit your local Hy-Vee store and check out the Live Healthy America kiosk after January 1, 2009.

Online registration is taking place now at 

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