Meet the Reeds, a military family that has made it to the semifinals of the National Triple Play Fit Family Challenge. Tracy Reed, the mother and finalist, says, "This is a great opportunity for families to work together in the mind, body, and soul, different areas, and we love challenges." Tracy reed and six of her seven children, ages seven months to 16 years old, live on Keesler Air Force Base where they signed up for the six week challenge. Ted Morris, the Sports Director at Keesler Youth Center, says, "We tried to do it last year. We had a couple of families try and none of them made it." The challenge started with 200 families nationwide who logged their nutrition, exercise, and family time. Reed also says, "We knew that we were doing better when our six year old came to us in tears and said there were no more peppers in the fridge." Avi Reed, 16, says, "It's a change, eating differently, living differently with a lot more exercising."
The Reeds are one of five families nationwide competing in the semifinals for this challenge. The winner gets an all-expenses paid trip to the Olympic Training Facility in Colorado Springs. Reed also says, "The challenge for us has been, you can explain to a 16 year old why you shouldn’t drink so much juice because it’s not good for you, but your four year old might have something to say against that." Mr. Reed was deployed to the Middle East after the challenge ended in November, but the Reeds have maintained their new lifestyle. The Reeds stay active with activities such as riding unicycles, yes, unicycles. As part of the challenge, each family has to present a skit. Luckily, the Reeds have been riding unicycles for years. The competition is January 11th, when the five families will face off in Los Angeles, but win or lose, the Reeds are happy about the process. Reed also states, "A nice journey it’s been, nice changes for our family that we needed, and that we can continue even past this challenge, so we're excited to go to L.A. and compete." The five finalist families will meet three-time track and field Olympic Medalist, Jackie Joyner-Kersee at the face-off in Los Angeles.