Augusta family preparing for fit challenge

CSRA family gearing up for 'fit' challenge

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Jaydn, Waylon, Taryn and their mom Jessica are gearing up for a competition. The Wells family is a finalist in the Boys and Girls Club Triple Play Fit Family Challenge - a health initiative for families to change their eating habits and activities.

"It started out as a six week process," Jessica said. "If you made it to round two, it was another six weeks after that."

But the single mom said this competitive game of swapping white bread for whole grain and trading the couch for the basketball court did something she didn't expect.

"My son always said when I came from work, I fussed at him about the house not being clean," Jessica said. "Now, I cook dinner, we talk and sometimes we'll watch a movie. Then I start fussing."

For BGCA, this will be the 4th annual Triple Play Fit Family Challenge Finale. Five families will face off in an obstacle course, a family fitness routine and a quiz show, centered around about getting healthy.

The Wells family will head to Los Angeles Jan. 11 and compete for the grand prize: an all expense paid vacation to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

But the Wells said they're not nervous; they're ready. They start off dinner with a salad now, and the boys try to drink eight glasses of water each a day. Mom even gets out to the basketball court with them once and a while.

"We were required to fill out a fit family tracker every Sunday," Jessica said. "I got very in detail about how hard it was for my teenager to drink water or eat salad before dinner."

But she said the competition has brought more than salad and water to their family dinner table.

"I think this has brought a stronger bond to my family," Jessica said. "The smaller changes will sustain us in the long run."

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