The Greater Wichita YMCA has been serving our community since 1885 and is known as one of the top YMCA organizations in the country. With seven locations in Wichita, one in Newton and one in El Dorado, the Greater Wichita YMCA serves more than 275,000 kids and adults through child care, day camps, urban outreach programs and healthy lifestyles activities. Who better to turn to for New Year’s resolution suggestions?

In a recent article posted to its website, the non-profit writes: “As an organization serving the Greater Wichita area, we see how things such as getting involved with the community and making lifestyle changes can change someone’s life for the better.” The article warns against making grand declarations and instead recommends reframing resolutions and breaking them down into smaller, easy-to-sustain goals that can result in strengthening your spirit, mind and body in the long run.

Here are the YMCA’s five New Year’s resolutions recommended for 2017, along with some suggestions from Visit Wichita on how to incorporate these into your life:

Move more 

It’s important for children to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day (30 minutes for adults). Incorporate physical activity into your daily routines and spend more time walking to places instead of driving to improve your health and well-being.

Visit Wichita suggestions:

  • Bowling, indoor rock climbing, go karts, laser tag, motocross, ice skating, horseback riding, shooting sports – Wichita recreation options are endless.
  • Wichita-area golf courses provide challenges for any skill level and even offer family-friendly foot golf!
  • Get out and explore our more than 125 parks, many with walking and biking trails.
  • There are many Wichita run/walks throughout the year.
  • The YMCA offers endless programming year-round for members and also allows day passes for guests. Through December, the Y is offering discounted partner training sessions that can be used in the new year to encourage having an accountability partner to support a healthy lifestyle.


Swap a soda a day 

It may be difficult, but cutting soda can do wonders for your body. If you can’t cut it entirely, resolve to swap one soda a day for a large glass of water instead. Once you’ve been able to swap one out, see if you can cut soda entirely.

Visit Wichita suggestions:

  • Wichita has more than 1,000 restaurants and many of our chef-owned eateries are happy to cater to dietary restrictions. For example, the menu at Lotus Leaf Café accommodates food allergies and sensitivities, with its dishes featuring clean, sustainable food that is free of GMO ingredients, artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors, preservatives or hydrogenated fats. The Donut Whole’s made-from-scratch vegan donuts sell out every Wednesday they are offered and are so tasty that many non-vegans opt for them, too. 86 Cold Press offers pure, organic cold press juice along with other light, healthy menu items. Browse our listing of restaurants by type of cuisine to find others that can meet your needs for a healthy dining out experience.


Schedule family time 

With work, school and activities, family time may seem like an impossible ask, but see if your family can have a “screen-free” night with no phones, video games, etc. Instead, use that time to play a board game, play outside or visit with family and friends.

Visit Wichita suggestions:

  • Many of the suggestions above for moving more are great family-time activities.
  • If watching rather than participating are more your speed, you’ll be intrigued by the many arts and theater options in the largest city in Kansas. From art museums/galleries to performing arts to live music venues, Wichita has family friendly activities for all ages – including free things to do.


Volunteer your time 

Giving back and supporting neighbors can benefit everyone involved. Not only is it a personally rewarding experience to help others in need, but it’s also a way to meet new people or discover an interest. Find an opportunity in your community, such as reading to children at the library or distributing food at a local food bank.

Visit Wichita suggestions:

  • One of the best resources to get help or to help you find the right volunteer opportunity is the United Way of the Plains, a phenomenal non-profit that brings together individuals and organizations in our community. Visit for more information.


Put extras to good use 

Do you have extra canned goods or clothes that could benefit others in need? Clean out your pantry, closet or attic and donate extra items to homeless shelters or community outreach programs.

Visit Wichita suggestions: 

  • Wichita is an amazingly generous community. Again, we refer you to the United Way of the Plains, which works year-round to make our community a better place to live, work and play. The United Way 2-1-1 of Kansas call center (dial 2-1-1 toll free, statewide) is a great resource for finding outreach programs that could use your extras.