Here’s a good first step to keep the annual New Year’s resolution to stay in shape and, at the same time, support a local organization that helps families affected by domestic violence:

Pick up a pen and write down the new date for the annual Work Out to Wipe Out Domestic Violence (WOWO).

Feb. 9 is the new date for the event sponsored by the Morgan Park Junior Woman’s Club to benefit A New Direction Beverly Morgan Park (AND).

In previous years, WOWO was held in March, but given all the local activities that are traditionally scheduled for that month, moving the event to February is a good idea and will reduce the potential of scheduling conflicts for participants.

Now in its eighth year, WOWO will feature 25 sites, mostly local, as hosts of various fitness classes to raise funds for AND, which was founded in 2011 and provides confidential counseling, education, support and advocacy for victims of domestic violence.

For $25, adults, teens and kids can select an activity, most of them lasting about an hour, that provides a great way to be fit and be kind.

Many sites are local fitness studios, but churches and schools are also hosting activities. Crafts and hypnosis classes are also available for those who prefer a workout for the mind.

AND has received the Little Company of Mary Venerable Mary Potter Humanitarian Award and Cook County’s Peggy Montes Unsung Heroine Award. It is worthy of support and is an inspiration to many people.

Among those are the volunteer members of the Morgan Park Junior Woman’s Club. They have proven to be valuable partners. The club is involved in other community events as well, including the Beverly Area Planning Association Home Tour and a yearly garage sale that benefits the Maple Morgan Park Community Food Pantry.

Last year, organizers said, WOWO raised almost $14,000.

Besides supporting a charity, participants can also enjoy the excellent fitness studios that are in the business community.

Each year, AND officials provide information about their services to WOWO participants, and that has led people to seek help from the organization.

Now for the second step toward a better you: do some clicks with a mouse for WOWO online registration at the AND website.

For more information and full schedule, call (773) 253-7226 or visit