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New Year’s is the time for families to make resolutions — eat better, get more exercise, spend more time together. And the Rochester Area Family Y’s new Friday Night Family Fitness is just the program to help families keep their resolutions. The program is designed to give families the opportunity to get out of the house, engage in physical activities and have fun. The program kicks off Friday, Jan. 4, with dodge ball. Other upcoming activities include yoga, pilates and swimming.

"We have a lot of programs for kids where parents sit on the sidelines and watch. Friday Night Family Fitness is a chance to get everybody up and moving as a family," says Jamie Friend, the Y’s health development director. She stresses that activities are designed for family members to participate as a family. "It’s definitely not all about the exercise. It’s also about the interaction — and the fun."

For decades, the Y has offered a wide variety of activities (swimming, basketball, karate) through classes geared specifically toward adults or kids. But nothing quite like Friday Night Family Fitness, until now. "Recently, we’ve had a lot of families looking for activities they can do together as well as opportunities to meet other families and develop more of a sense of community," Friend says. "This program is a good step toward getting families playing together and meeting other families."

Friday Night Family Fitness is free for members (must be 6 or older) and $20 a class for families that are not members. Held Fridays from 6:35 p.m. to 7:20 p.m., families are invited to register for any or all evenings. Stop by the Y to register or call Jamie. Kids Care is open for siblings that are too young to attend. Free and available only to members.

Family Time is written by Lindy Lange, editor of


Y Facts

• To help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions, the Y offers diet analysis and meal planning for individuals and families. To find out more, call Jen Brewer at ext. 351.

• Hosts several family-friendly special events throughout the year, including a Pajama Party featuring the movie "Ratatouille" (Friday, Jan. 18), the annual Parent/Child Sweetheart Dance (Friday, Feb. 8) and a Cabin Fever Pool Party (Friday, March 14).

• Offers Discover Y Day Camp (grades 1 through 6) and Science, Engineering & Technology Camp (ages 11 to 14). Registration for both summer camps begins Feb. 1.

If you go

What: Friday Night Family Fitness

When: Friday, Jan. 4, 6:35 p.m. to 7:20 p.m.

Where: Rochester Area Family Y, 709 First Ave., S.W.


Phone: 287-2260

On the Web: www.rochfamy.



• More family calendar — Page C2.

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