Back Row (Left to Right): Leslie Billinger, The Coca-Cola Company; Dr. Ian Smith; and Wayne Moss, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). The Humphries Family—Front row (Left to Right): Caprice, 12, Clifton, 11, and Dana, 42.
The McIver Family – Back Row (Left to Right): Krishna, 38, Amber, 37, Alex, 14. Front Row (Left to Right): Myles, 12, Elijah, 9.
The Rochelle Family—(Left to Right): Coca-Cola spokeswoman Harriet Tolve, Malik Rochelle, 15, Keleyia Rochelle, 8, Tinea Rochelle, and Yawkey Boys and Girls Club of Roxbury Executive Director Andrea Swain.
As millions of Americans are in the midst of holiday indulgence, three families have spent the past two months competing in a fitness challenge to improve their overall health. The Fit Family Challenge – is a national competition that incorporates the principles of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Triple Play program into family lives.
On Tuesday, Dec. 7, Dr. Ian Smith, author and host of VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club, announced the winning family of the national Triple Play Fit Family Challenge at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice. The event celebrated the Challenge finalists, and the whole community was invited to join in the fun, free evening of exercise, games and healthy eating.
The families have children who attend a local Boys & Girls Club and have been participating in Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) first-ever Triple Play Fit Family Challenge. The McIver’s from Boys & Girls Club of Venice, Calif., the Rochelle’s from Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, and the Humphries of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, D.C. Smith had been coaching the Los Angeles-based McIver Family.
“The Triple Play Fit Family Challenge is an exciting way for these families to come together and work toward healthy habits like physical fitness and better nutrition,” said Smith.
The McIvers and the other finalists were judged on their ability to eat healthier, increase their physical activity and engage in healthy relationships. The family, who made the biggest changes, won an active, health-conscious vacation together.
The greater Los Angeles community was invited to come meet Smith at the Venice Boys & Girls Club, and learn ways to become fit as a family and cheer on the McIvers. That evening, the families convened to find out which family came out on top. The winning family, the Humphries of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, D.C.!
As the winner, the Humphries – consisting of Dana, 42, Caprice, 12, and Clifton, 11 – will receive an “active, healthy vacation,” including an experience at a U.S. Olympic Training Facility. The other two families received prizes, including Microsoft’s new Xbox Kinect system.
Amber McIver says the Challenge has helped her get up and get moving, and it’s motivated the whole family to go home after sports practice and cook together as a family. “We tried bok choy for the first time, and I’m trying to find a new fruit for them to try. It’s making us stop and discuss what we’re going to have for dinner.”
“We are extremely proud of the efforts that the Humphries, and the McIver and Rochelle families, put into the Triple Play Fit Family Challenge,” said Wayne Moss, BGCA’s senior director of Sports, Fitness and Recreation. “Boys & Girls Clubs of America believes living a healthy lifestyle is critical to the overall well being of today’s youth – ensuring a pathway to a great future.”
BGCA offers all families a resource (in both English and Spanish) to help them get healthy as a family – the Triple Play Parents Game Plan. This at-home guide is available as a free download at www.bgca.org/tripleplay.
About Triple Play
Triple Play: A Game Plan for the Mind, Body and Soul was launched in 2005 by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services with support from The Coca-Cola Company to get kids to eat healthier, become more physically active and increase their ability to engage in healthy relationships. A two-year study of more than 2,000 children ages six to 18 showed that Triple Play succeeded in getting them to exercise more, eat healthier foods and feel better about themselves. The study found that Triple Play kids increased to 90 percent of the federally recommended amount of daily exercise, which is 60 minutes a day for children, while their peers outside the program decreased to 78 percent. To date, Triple Play has helped more than one million kids learn the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has enabled young people, especially those who need Clubs most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, some 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs serve more than 4.2 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs can be found throughout the country and on U.S. military installations worldwide, providing young people 6-18 years old with guidance-oriented character development programs conducted by trained, professional staff. Key programs emphasize leadership development; education and career exploration; community service; technology training; financial literacy; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and family outreach. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.