Power Up and Join Our Fit Family Challenge

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If you've been talking about getting in shape, losing a few pounds or simply trying to live a healthier lifestyle, there's no better time than the present to get started! Registration opened this morning for our annual Fit Family Challenge, an eight-week free healthy lifestyle program designed to motivate families through free fitness classes, expert advice and nutrition tips, and some great prizes!

After signing up, you and your family can begin logging healthy lifestyle habits beginning April 21. If you signed up last year, you can use your account to log in April 21. Look for a kick-off email and get started on Day 1. Points can be earned for drinking more water, take a walk after dinner or trying a new fitness class, and recess for kids counts too! The more points you log, the more entries you earn toward weekly prizes and the grand prize: a family trip to Universal Orlando® Resort.

I've participated for the past four years. I can't win the prizes, but I like seeing the points add up through the weeks. It makes me more aware of what I'm doing that's good for me, and when I'm slacking off. It also motivates me to go play with my son and husband. It's the perfect time of year to go kick the soccer ball in the backyard, go for a scooter ride and walk after dinner in the neighborhood, and grill some delicious vegetables for a dinner outside. Oh and I definitely log my son's activities, including recess, tae kwon do and t-ball. He's moving … that counts and that puts points on the board. New this year, there's a multiselect feature that allows you to select any or all members of your family to log in an activity you do together.

Two local families have already started their Fit Famiy Challenge journey and are letting us follow them on their way to meet their goals. The McMasters and Bacons are working with area fitness experts to modify their lifestyle to get stronger, lose some pounds and create healthier habits that can last a lifetime. Follow them on our Fit Family Challenge blog, as well as get tips each week from the experts that are working with each family. 

Get fit. Eat right. Have fun with your family! That's the Fit Family Challenge motto. What to you have to lose (except maybe some bad habits?). Learn more about the program in the Fit Family Challenge FAQ. Sign up today! And be sure to follow the Fit Family Challenge on Facebook for tips and details on upcoming events.