Local 'Fit Family' makes semi-finalists in nationwide competition

By: Karen Edwards
By: Karen Edwards

News 12 This Morning/Monday January 6, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW)--"It's hard! Messy houses, dirty laundry, lots of food," said Jessica Wells.

That's how Wells, single mother of three teen boys--Jayden, Waylon and Taryn-- says life is at her home.

She says it's partly why she and her boys got involved with local Boys and Girls Clubs.

"They've been members since November 2012," she explained. "They've gotten to go on field trips to job shadow. They've gotten to go to colleges and just experience life and field trips [like] Georgia Aquarium. Those are places we could never afford to go on our own."

Now, after a six week fit program, they get to head to California as a family as semi-finalists in the Boys & Girls Club of America 4th Annual Triple Play Fit Family Challenge.

"Yes, thank you Lord!" she exclaimed.

Wells tells me starting the program and making the changes wasn't easy, but they started small.

"It just asks for small adjustments," she explained a bout the program. "Substituting your white bread for whole grain bread, substituting your regular milk for no fat or 1%--doing a little exercises."

"That was one of the things we benefited from," Wells said "--trying to make quality time for family. We were asked to budget in at least one hour of our time every week, which it sounds like, yeah, one hour 'you should be able to do that mom'...but it was hard!"

As finalists, they'll compete against four other families January 11th.

So their training continues.

And she says it will continue--no matter the results of the competition.

"Single parent, multiple jobs, three teenage boys--it was really tough," she said. "But, after a couple of weeks of being in the process we found our groove. And we still do it. So, it was a principle we'll keep in the long run."

For the January 11 competition, the Wells family competes against the four other semi-finalists in an obstacle course, a family fitness routine and a quiz on healthy food and lifestyle choices. They'll also meet Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

If they win, they'll get an all-expenses paid trip to Colorado Springs where they'll get a tour of the Olympic Training Center.

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