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Free Public Swim at the Family Y, Friday, Dec. 28, 1-4 pm

Splash contests off the Stauffer Pool's diving board are fun for swimmers and spectators alike.

The Westport Weston Family Y is pleased to invite local families to enjoy a free swim in our pools on Friday, Dec. 28, from 1 to 4 pm. Family Y membership is not required, though participants are asked to check in at the Member Services Desk at our Church Lane entrance.

The Y’s six-lane Stauffer Pool has a one-meter diving board; the adjacent Stauffer Shallows has a water slide; both are kept at 82 degrees. The smaller Brophy Pool is four feet deep and is 90 degrees.

“We’re fortunate to have our pools back in action after our closure in November and wanted to invite all members of our community to enjoy some quality ‘family time’ at our Y over the holidays,” said Family Y CEO Rob Reeves. “We’re also looking forward to once again being a central location for the Town’s popular First Night festivities on New Year’s Eve.”

The New Year is a time for new beginnings and to set goals that strengthen one’s spirit, mind and body. When making New Year’s Resolutions, the Family Y reminds families that building and maintaining family connectedness is one of the most important resolutions.

“At the Y, we are committed to strengthening individuals and families to build stronger communities,” said Family Y CEO Rob Reeves. “That’s our New Year’s Resolution – and our mission every day of the year.”

The Family Y offers a variety of programs that support family time, such as Parent & Child Swims, Dribbling with Dad, Toddler Adventure Gym, an annual Father-Daughter Dance and many more.

There are also simple things families can do at home to improve their family’s health and well-being. Following are five New Year’s Resolutions the Y recommends for 2013:

Eat Together: Sitting down together for a meal is a great way for parents and children to share stories, or talk about the school day or their favorite part of the day. Set aside time for the family to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner at least once a week or every day if scheduling permits.

Volunteer Together: Giving back and supporting neighbors benefits everyone involved. It teaches children and teens the value of helping others and is also a way to meet new people or discover a new interest. Find an opportunity in your community that the entire family may enjoy or ask one of the Y’s Membership Coordinators about volunteer opportunities available through our charitable services.

Unplug from Technology: Limit screen time (television, video games, computer, etc.) and instead set aside an hour or two for activities that allow interaction and camaraderie. If weather permits, go for a walk, bike ride, trip to the park, or have a game night at home.

Be Physically Active: 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.

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. You can also get the entire family involved and demonstrate to the children the value of giving.

For additional tips or to learn more about the Y’s family programs, call 203-226-8981 or visit