Don’t let 2019 drift by without checking the resolutions off your list

Making a New Year’s resolution is an annual tradition for many and can be a great way to make a positive change in life. However, most resolutions don’t last for more than a few weeks. According to U.S. News, approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February.

Fear not, readers! We took some of the top New Year’s resolutions and found helpful ways for you to keep these resolutions—right here in Butler County.

Start a new hobby

Whether you have wanted to try painting or hiking, scrapbooking or horseback riding, the key to starting a new hobby is to stick with it. If trying a new instrument tops your list, West Chester Academy offers adult classes for a variety of instruments as well as private voice lessons. WestChesterAcademy.com

Quit smoking

If quitting smoking is at the top of your list, you can turn to Mercy Health Fairfield for expert guidance in kicking your addiction to the curb. Mercy has partnered with the American Cancer Society to offer Freshstart©, a program designed to help you transition from smoker to nonsmoker. You can register for this series of four classes by calling 513.603.8601. The next session is February 21, 22, 27, 28. Seating is limited to 15 people per class so register today. Mercy.com

Get active

Many people add “start exercising” on their list year after year. Why not make this your year to stick with it? There are dozens of fitness options around West Chester and Liberty Township. Whether you want to join a gym, purchase equipment for your home, or simply want to walk or run with neighbors, the key to getting started is to start. Queen City Running (formerly Mojo Running) offers organized run/walk groups in West Chester. QueenCityRunning.com

Volunteer more

It’s easy to find volunteer opportunities during the holidays—food pantries, winter coat drives, Toys for Tots, etc. But what if you want to make volunteering a regular part of your year ahead? There are so many volunteer needs right here in West Chester and Liberty Township. Community Volunteer Force is a local organization that finds and promotes volunteer opportunities in Butler County. Visit their Facebook page to learn more. Facebook.com/communityvolunteerforce

Eat healthier

One of the top New Year’s resolutions each year is to eat healthier. This year consider making a resolution to eat less processed food and hit fewer drive-thrus by cooking more at home using fresh ingredients. If the idea of cooking scares you, register for a cooking class at The Spicy Olive. Each class provides step-by-step guidance for how to create nutritious meals using their heart-healthy olive oils. TheSpicyOlive.com