NEWBERRY — Whether getting fit or staying fit is a new year’s resolution or has been ordered by a doctor, there’s nothing to be said about the lack of fitness outlets in Newberry.
South Carolina is the seventh most obese state in the nation, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2013, a report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which was reported on the Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina website.
The study reports that adult obesity is 31.6 percent in the state.
Newberry County also has its local coalition for the statewide Eat Smart, Move More which targets healthy eating, exercising and tobacco prevention and healthy living all around.
The Newberry County YMCA has options for everyone including children and teens plus there are a couple of other gyms in town including Unique Fitness on Main Street in Newberry and the forthcoming Anytime Fitness.
Newberry Hospital’s Wellness Center has classes and nutrition counselors on hand to answer questions from a medical perspective.
If walking is your plan, Newberry Hospital’s walking track is available at no charge as is the walking track in Prosperity beside Wightman United Methodist Church.
For children, there are parks available during the daytime owned by the city.
For the outdoors people, there is Lynch’s Woods as well as the Peak to Prosperity passage of the Palmetto Trail which runs from the upstate all the way to the low country. In Newberry, Lynch’s Woods is behind the sheriff’s office. The passage starts in Pomaria behind Wilson’s Grocery and ends in Fairfield County.