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On Social Connection: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb...

Updated: Mar 1

Dear Friends,

 

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Or so I've heard.  I've also heard people say that our three best annual snowstorms in Maine come in March. We shall see! 

One thing is certain.  The WCY is hopping right now.  For the first time since February of 2020, our monthly check in total topped 10,000!  The sense of energy and excitement inside feels palpable.  In past years, as the weather turns warmer and gentler, we have seen a decline in the number of check ins as people go outside for their walks and even for their swims!  I am excited about getting back into nature, too.

At the same time, I hope you recognize that the WCY offers far more than a walking track, excellent classes, and a beautiful pool complex.  It offers a sense of connectedness to others in the community.  That in itself provides a health benefit.  And one I hope you will continue to take advantage of, even if some of your exercise moves outside. 

A recent special report in the January Psychiatric News highlights the importance of social connectedness as a a positive social determinant of health. Having and maintaining social connections, like those you create in a class, group, or conversation at the WCY, benefits you in ways beyond exercise. The report compares the health impact of lacking those connections to smoking 15 cigarettes or drinking five alcoholic drinks each day.

As the weather goes from lion to lamb, please maintain your connection here. After your walk outside, stop in for coffee or a chat. Keep in touch with your workout buddies as you add some weight bearing exercise a couple of times a week. Try out a new class and enjoy the camaraderie.

Take good care of yourselves and take care of our community,

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