We aren't talking about just eating healthy. The Reed family has adopted an entire healthy regimen. Selected from 200 families nationwide, this military family of seven won the National Triple Play Family Fit Challenge in Los Angeles this weekend. Tracy Reed, the mother, says, "We were surprised. The competition was good. The other families were good." Tracy Reed and six of her seven children, ages seven months to 16 years old, logged their nutrition, exercise, and family time to make it to the finals and take the title. Reed also says, "It was fun interacting with all the other families and cheering everybody on and meeting Jackie Joyner Kersee. It was great." The friendly competition on the west coast brought support from the other competing families, and from the sports director from their own youth center at Keesler Air Force Base. Ted Morris, the Sports Director at Keesler Youth Center, says, "I was actually ecstatic. Tears are not supposed to come to a man's eyes, but they came to mine when they said they won."
The Reeds won an all-expenses paid trip to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for riding unicycles all the way to their way to victory. The Keesler Youth Center also wins. They will receive 1,000 dollars for their winning family. Morris also says, "It helps a lot towards programming, and that's what we do here. We do it all for the kids." While their eating, exercise, and family habits got them the title, it's what's next for the Reed family that makes this entire trip more personal and heartfelt. Andrew Reed, 16, says, "For my dad who's deployed, he'll be able to come home and we can go on a nice vacation with him and relax after not being able to see him for so long." From better eating habits to increased exercise, the Reeds are grateful for the experience that brought them closer together. This was the fourth year for the event.