When the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, millions of people around the world made resolutions and set goals to accomplish during the New Year. Resolutions vary from person to person, but there are commonalities and popular goals that dominate lists around the world.
Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions are losing weight, exercising more, getting out of debt, saving money, eating healthier, managing life, living a more adventurous lifestyle, traveling or even managing healthier relationships.
Luckily, achieving some of those goals can become a little easier with some help from The Book Shelf and the local D.W. Wilson Community Center.
Like all new endeavors, resolutions require a little bit of research. The Book Shelf may have the perfect book for any New Year’s resolution. With an ample amount of books, The Book Shelf offers a resource for any resolution for a reasonable cost – and proceeds help a good cause.
“The Book Shelf has books on almost every genre imaginable,” said Book Shelf volunteer Dot Watson. “Our great staff of volunteers are readily available to help others find the perfect book. We’re happy to help people find exactly the book that they are looking for. We have so many books here that we’re sure everyone can find just what they need.”
The Book Shelf is located inside the Northgate Mall, and every book sold benefits the Coffee County Literacy Council.
The Literacy Council promotes adult basic education. To raise funds for the council, The Book Shelf sells a wide variety of books. With those funds, the Literacy Council provides helps adults in Coffee County better their lives and the lives of their families by covering the cost of tests and providing classes, internet, computers and teachers to adults seeking basic higher education.
“We have people come from all the surrounding counties for our books,” commented Watson. “Since Hastings left we’re about the only bookstore around. We have such an assortment of books that anyone can find exactly what they’re looking for here.”
Most books at The Book Shelf are sold for less than $5. A hardback book costs $5. A large paperback is $3. A regular size paperback is $1. Children’s hardback books are $1 and children’s paperbacks are 50 cents.
All books have been donated to The Book Shelf, and all money raised goes back to the Literacy Council.
The Book Shelf is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Friday and Saturday. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and it is closed on Sunday. For more information about the bookstore, find The Book Shelf, a used book store on Facebook.
For anyone who has resolved to live a more active and healthy lifestyle, the D.W. Wilson Community Center has affordable classes to help anyone reach not only their fitness goals.
Included in the community center is a fitness room that features a variety of strength and cardio machines available for use. Treadmills, stair climbers, stationary bicycles and rowing machines are just a few machines located at the center.
“Tullahoma is proud to carry the designation as a Tennessee Healthier Community, and Parks and Rec is proud to be a part of that legacy,” said program manager Lyle Russell. “Working towards being healthy and fit changes the whole dynamic of your daily living. Climbing stairs, reaching items over your head and carrying groceries in from the car are all things some people have difficulty with that others take for granted.
“Setting a goal to become healthy and fit has so many benefits that it almost seems crazy not to want to work towards a level that is comfortable for the individual,” Russell continued. “Also the residual health benefits from developing a healthy lifestyle, such as controlling blood pressure and sugar levels, bone and muscle density, resistance to illness and injury are worth the effort. Our fitness center and programs are developed for just that purpose. To help people live a better life.”
The center also offers a plethora of fitness classes to match anyone’s activity level. Some of these classes are as intense as kickboxing, as relaxing as Yoga and as fun as Zumba. Water fitness is also offered in the indoor pool.
“One caveat to our classes is that our fitness center and programs are not focused on making bodybuilders. The larger gyms in town do a wonderful job for that,” said Russell. “Our classes and programs are geared more toward improving the health required for the basics of daily living. Water aerobics, yoga, low-intensity workouts, etc., are all designed to help make simple tasks easier to do.”
If becoming more active and fit was written on your resolution list and a large, crowded gym isn’t your style, consider the community center. Russell said that while the bigger gyms are great and offer great programs, the difference at the community center is the environment because of the size of the facility.
The D.W. Wilson offers an inexpensive alternative for quick, self-guided workouts that do not require a contract. Classes are $3 each or included with an annual membership.
For fee and facility information, hours of operation and class schedules, visit www.tullaoma.gov/community-centers, or call 931-455-1121.
Faith Few can be reached by email at email@example.com.