It's almost the New Year, and we all know what that means - resolutions.
Every year mine is the same - to shape up, get fit and lose those last five pregnancy pounds I'm still carrying.
Sadly, my youngest daughter is now 3 years old. I think I can no longer attribute those pounds to pregnancy but rather to too many M&M'S.
If health is your goal, there's no better place to live than Davidson.
People here are incredibly focused on fitness, from the cycling clubs that ride through town each weekend to the joggers on Davidson-Concord Road that make the rest of us look lazy.
So it's not surprising that the Davidson Walks and Rolls program, started three years ago, has been a tremendous success and is helping to keep residents in shape.
Although the program started in 2006, the concept was rooted in lifestyles from long ago.
"Several of us were talking about how when we were younger, we walked to school," said Sara-Lynne Levine, communications director for the town of Davidson.
A committee was formed to explore safe ways to walk or bike to school, specifically Davidson Elementary.
The committee created backpack tags for children who participated, parents were trained as crossing guards and drop-n-walk zones were created.
And thus, the first Wednesday of the month was designated a Walking Wednesday.
The first month, the program had 300 participants. The next month, that number had grown to 500.
With the success of the initiative at Davidson Elementary, it was decided to take it townwide last year.
Children's Community School and Davidson Day started their own Walking Wednesdays, and each school has adapted the program to meet their needs.
Since both schools draw students from a greater radius, they worked hard to create manageable drop and walk zones.
The Davidson Police Department is involved to help ensure high safety standards.
The town also applied for and received a grant from the federal program Safe Routes to School. With it, they bought crossing guard vests, stop signs, slap bands and banners.
Each school also received between 30-50 pedometers.
With childhood obesity on the rise, the program is especially pertinent.
Not only are children burning calories, "research shows that kids who walk to school arrive more awake, alert and ready to learn," said Levine.
"In addition, it's a great way for kids to connect with parents," said Levine. "They walk or bike and talk together, and parents can really focus on what their child is saying. I think it also lends to a community feel." It also makes children more aware of their surroundings, and allows them to experience and appreciate nature and being outside.
"Davidson prides itself on being a bike- and pedestrian-friendly community, and we have a network which makes it easy to get around here," said Levine. "And it's wonderful when we hear kids ask if they can do it again tomorrow."