New Year, New You!

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 New years Resolution Ideas

A new year means new resolutions, and they aren't always easy to keep. Below are suggestions and information on how Dare County can help you achieve your 2020 goals through a variety of programs and services available at little or no cost for local residents and property owners.

Civic Participation

Looking for an easy-to-achieve resolution? Commit to voting in elections (Election Days: March 3 and November 3) and completing the 2020 Census (Census Day: April 1)! These are two easy ways to feel good about yourself by acting to make a change in your community.

Healthy Habits 

The Department of Health & Human Services offers a variety of programs and services to help you keep your healthy habits new year's resolution. Click here for more information regarding any of the programs below. 

  • Diabetes Education Program
  • Diabetes Prevention Program - Prevent T2
  • Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program


Fitness Assessments and body composition measurements are available free of charge at the Dare County Center in Manteo. Body composition measurements can help you track and quantify the success of your exercise achievements in a way other than just reading the scale.

Exercise classes for all fitness levels and ages are available at the Dare County Center in Manteo and the Fessenden Center in Buxton. Class fees vary but most classes are free to older adults ages 55+. Exercise classes at the Thomas A. Baum Senior Center in Kill Devil Hills are open to adults age 55 and up.

The Dare County Library has a variety of exercise DVD's available for rent at any of the Dare County Library branches. To search the library catalog, click here. 


If you want to make a difference in the local community this year, numerous volunteer opportunities are available through various Dare County departments.

Develop New Skills

Learn anything, anytime, anywhere with Universal Class online courses for your professional and personal growth. There are over 500 online non-credit continuing education courses, each 10- to 20-hours long, but because you learn at your own pace, you can take up to six months to complete each course. Learn job and career skills, academic topics, hobbies, language learning, and more. You can even correspond with an instructor via email. Universal Class is available to registered borrowers of the Dare County Library in the library or from work, school, or home.

You will need to enter your 14-digit Dare County library card number and email address to access Universal Class.

For more information about Universal Class, please click here.

Land Your Dream Job

Cypress Resume is an easy to use and effective tool for resume writing. It is designed for non-writers, so inexperienced applicants can create professional-looking resumes that will stand out in the job market. Cypress Resume is available to registered borrowers of the Dare County Library in the library or from work, school, or home. You will need to enter your 14 digit library card to access Cypress Resume. Click here for more information about Cypress Resume.