With the start of each new year comes the promise of a fresh start and the desire for self-improvement, which is why so many of us resolve to make positive changes in the coming year. Just under half (about 44%) of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, according to Pew Research Center. Some of the most common resolution themes each year include: losing weight, increasing fitness or overall health; making better financial choices; and enjoying life to its fullest. According to Statistic Brain Research Institute, 44.8% of our resolutions are maintained for longer than six months. Johnson County Government can help you keep your New Year’s resolutions! Here are some ideas to keep you on track.
Losing weight, increasing fitness or overall health
• Take advantage of the New Century Fieldhouse, Johnson County's premier indoor sports and multi-use facility. The fieldhouse features McDonald's Field, a state-of-the-art turf field for soccer, football and other field sports, and its multiple court configurations for basketball, volleyball and other court sports, New Century Fieldhouse has all the space you need to practice and compete year-round in indoor comfort. New Century Fieldhouse also offers open gym throughout the year. NCF open hours do vary. To verify open gym is in effect, please call the front desk at (913) 826-2850 or the Open Gym Line (updated Mondays at 10 a.m.) at 913-826-2862. Visit Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s website for more info.
• Get fit with friends through JCPRD’s group fitness classes. From Tai Chi to pilates to boot camp and more, JCPRD offers a variety of group fitness classes at multiple facilities around the county. Check out JCPRD’s January through April 2018 catalog for more info.
Enjoying life to its fullest
• Learn a new hobby, like creating with clay or beginning guitar, through JCPRD or refine your culinary skills through Johnson County K-State Research and Extension’s classes on topics such as baking artisan bread and preparing heart healthy Mediterranean cuisine.
• Land a more fulfilling job. Working for Johnson County Government is not only a great way to serve the public and feel good about what you do, but we offer competitive pay and benefits, too. Check out current job openings on the jobs page of jocogov.org, which includes links to job openings for Johnson County Park and Recreation District as well as the sheriff's office.
• Learn a foreign language or a new skill. With your Johnson County Library card, you get free access to lynda.com, which provides online video training taught by experts! Learn more on the library's website.
• Visit somewhere new through the 50 Plus travel program! The program offers organized trips to places across the metro and across the globe — 2018 international destinations include Iceland, Vietnam, London and more! For more info, visit the 50 Plus travel page on JCPRD’s website.
• Do you love to write? Johnson County Library loves local authors! In support of our home-grown talent, we invite submissions of poetry, fiction, and essays. Each month we host a new contest with prizes including a $200 honorarium and a reading at the library or The Writers Place. Read more about the guidelines and enter your original works here.