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Meet our 2016 Spotlight Families!

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Meet our 2016 Spotlight Families!

Editor’s Note: Each year we invite two families to serve as our ambassadors for the Fit Family Challenge. Our Spotlight Families will receive coaching from a panel of experts including a fitness trainer, dietician and wellness coach. They’ll also chronicle their journeys toward healthier living in blogs at lowcountryparent.com

Michael, 48; Keisha, 36; Mason, 11; Madison, 10; Morrison, 3

Where do you live?

MoCo, a.k.a. Moncks Corner

What do mom and dad do?

Mom is a human resources assistant. She also is a professional speaker and a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association. Dad is kitchen manager at Kings Courtyard Inn and assistant fresh foods manager at Harris Teeter.

What activities does your family enjoy?

We enjoy any activity that allows us to spend time together. We enjoy attending church and sporting events, playing basketball, reading and watching movies. Keisha and Madison enjoy shopping, too. We pray, meditate, set goals and most importantly laugh together.

What is your family’s fitness history?

Michael grew up as a jock. He played basketball, baseball and football. He was actually able to attend Norfolk State on a football scholarship. Unfortunately, he suffered a knee injury during practice, which ended his college career prior to the start of his first official season.

Keisha is more of a bookworm but enjoys walking and jogging.

Mason enjoys all sports and running. He is currently playing basketball and lacrosse.

Madison enjoys sports as well. She is currently playing basketball.

Morrison enjoys all forms of outside play. His favorite activities of the moment, in true toddler fashion, are running, jumping and exploring. We have participated in several local walks and runs, including the Cooper River Bridge Run (Madison and Mommy).

What are your family’s fitness challenges?

Like most families, I think the biggest challenges to fitness for us are finding the time, motivation and energy.

Michael, for example, typically works 12-15 hours a day outside of the home and I (Keisha) work as well. Then add in the kids’ schedules and sometimes we are tired just looking at our agenda for the day. So we had to change our thought pattern in this area and make a list of priorities. At the top of both of our lists is our children. We want to be here to spend as much time as possible with our children, so we are committed to find the time to exercise and make healthier choices.

What are your family’s healthy eating challenges?

We are constantly on the go and eating out quickly has become a habit for us. We are now committed to eating home as much as possible. Also, snacking can be a challenge for us as well. Meal planning is definitely needed in this area.

What is the number one thing you want to achieve during the Fit Family Challenge?

The number one thing we want to achieve during the Fit Family Challenge is a renewed commitment to achieving our “best self” through safe workouts and proper nutrition.

What part of the challenge are you most excited about?

We are most excited about meeting with trainers who can craft an appropriate workout for each of us based on our individual as well as collective goals. Blogging is an exciting part as well; We are eager to help others through our journey!

How do the kids feel about being part of the challenge?

They are so excited and have begun to tell all of their friends!

Any words of encouragement for the other families taking the challenge?

Be positive! Start right where you are! Set attainable goals. Aim for progress, not perfection, and reward progress!

Mick, 51; Pip, 45; Katherine, 14; Jessica, 11; Finlay, 9

Where do you live?

Mount Pleasant

What do mom and dad do?

Dad is head of U.S. development for Speedwell Weather Company, mom is an office manager.

What activities does your family enjoy?

Travel, skiing, cycling, and reading.

What is your family’s fitness history?

Mom and dad run. Mom does Bikram yoga. Dad cycles. Kids have sporadically done a bit of running and tennis. Jess plays softball.

What are your family’s fitness challenges?

Maintaining fitness for the kids and building fitness into their routines. Keeping a healthy diet.

What are your family’s healthy eating challenges?

Too much sugar! Cooking healthy meals that aren’t too time consuming. Snacking! Family members with different dietary needs. Mom, Pip, is a vegetarian (who still eats bacon) and also follows a gluten-free diet, and another family member doesn’t eat dairy.

What is the number one thing you want to achieve during the Fit Family Challenge?

Enjoying family exercise and healthy eating.

What part of the challenge are you most excited about?

Meeting the nutrition experts.

How do the kids feel about being part of the challenge?

Mainly excited ­— a little worried.

Any words of encouragement for the other families taking the challenge?

Try it and have a go. See what a difference it makes and how much fun you can have working together as a family to improve fitness.

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