Make 2012 a different year

Published 11:36 am Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Everyone sets new year’s resolutions, but not everyone actually keeps them. It’s the story of every January — hope and determination, which are, unfortunately, often followed a few weeks later by defeat and regret.

However, 2012 doesn’t have to be the same old story — and Shelby County’s citizens have a wealth of resources to use to help those resolutions become good habits.

If you’re looking to lose weight, a great way to do that is to get to know Shelby County’s beautiful city parks. Most of our communities boast lovely natural parks, perfect for taking a jog or playing with your children. Or you can travel to Pelham and bask in the beauty of Oak Mountain State Park, which offers everything from fishing and swimming to jogging and biking trails.

Want to eat better? Take advantage of the myriad farmers’ markets throughout the county, all of which boast fresh fruits and veggies, homemade bread and other good-for-you goodies.

If you’re looking to save money, check out your local Shelby County church — chances are good you’ll find a couponing class, which can double as a way to meet new friends.

If your resolution is to find new ways to give back to your community, we would recommend thinking of the Shelby County Humane Society, which is always in need. The Humane Society can always use volunteers, or, if you’re not much of an animal person, it just takes a few bucks to get a bag of cat litter and take it by the building.

Not much of a sacrifice on your part, but a huge help to the people who spend their lives trying to help animals who can’t help themselves.

The We Say is the opinion of the Shelby County Reporter editorial board.