Fit Family Challenge Continues to Spread through South Carolina to Create Healthier Lifestyles

“We have switched from ice cream to frozen yogurt, and we really enjoy that as our weekly treat,” said Kelly Kelley, a Fit Family Challenge participant from the Lowcountry who volunteered to chronicle her family’s experience every step of the way.

This may seem like a very small sacrifice, but when added to a long list of other health and diet adjustments, the results can be impactful and rewarding. That’s how the Fit Family Challenge can continue to make a difference in the lives of families across South Carolina, even after the Challenge itself comes to an end.

Kelley shared, “As a family we are trying to be more active any way that we can. On Sunday instead of parking in the parking garage like we usually do when we go to the aquarium, we parked a few blocks away and walked. Sometimes it’s the small things that can add up to make a big difference.”

As the Challenge winds down, participants will be able to take stock of all the small changes and smarter decisions they’ve made over the last eight weeks. Just having a greater awareness that these small changes can add up is a big step in the right direction for many. Families can have fun and get fit at the same time!

Another Challenge family measures success through better planning and taking control of situations like vacations and eating out that can derail even the best efforts.

“We drank lots of water, used sunscreen frequently, and we watched our portion sizes on all of our meals,” said Hannah Goodwin. “I was even able to squeeze in small workouts. I’m really excited to get back in the routine of going to the gym. Even though I’m only down a few pounds, I’ve been able to keep it off over the past few weeks and I just feel better than I did when I started this Challenge. This is something that we have enjoyed as a family and we look forward to continuing healthy recipes and healthy habits together.”

While final results aren’t available yet since the Challenge just closed June 29, preliminary reports show that several thousand participants embarked on the eight-week challenge. The statewide participation of families in a voluntary wellness initiative is strong testament to the commitment from partners like SCHA, member hospitals, and government agencies that helped spread the word about the Challenge by sharing information, providing free fitness classes, and planning events for their employees and the community.

We would like to thank the following partners:

  • Abbeville Area Medical Center
  • Aiken Regional Medical Center
  • AnMed Health
  • Baptist Easley
  • Beaufort Memorial Hospital
  • Cannon Memorial Hospital          
  • Clarendon Memorial
  • Consumer’s Choice Health Insurance
  • Hilton Head Regional Hospital 
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • MOVE IT Charleston County
  • Palmetto Health
  • Piedmont Medical Center
  • Providence Hospitals
  • South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control
  • South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles
  • South Carolina Department of Revenue
  • South Carolina Department of Transportation
  • Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Special thanks to all our Fit Family Challenge fitness, wellness and nutrition experts who offered participants guidance, especially Debbie Pettipain and Janice Newton from the MUSC Wellness Center, who worked with Lowcountry Spotlight families this year. The Fit Family Challenge was sponsored by Coca-Cola and CVS Pharmacy. We are grateful for their support.

Jeanette Gulledge,
Fit Family Challenge Project Manager, NC/SC/TN

06-29-2015 08:09 (EDT)