By Adam Kalwas, Publisher and CEO of Knoxville Parent Magazine
The My Fit Family Challenge is making its first appearance in the Knoxville area. This program is dedicated in promoting healthy living to not only families, but to anyone that is willing. Knoxville Parent will be sharing three editorials starting this month until June about two families that have set goals for themselves in order to be active together, and improve in areas that they felt needed more attention. Our families understand the task set before them and are willing to fulfill their goals once the challenge is completed on June 26th. Let’s meet our next and final Spotlight family, the Eldridges.
Who Are The Eldridges?
The Eldridge family is made up of Husband and Father, Joshua Eldridge, Wife and Mother, Kelly Eldridge, and their two children, son Austin (13 years old) and daughter Beatrice (11 years old). Joshua is a Data Science Director at Scripps Networks Interactive, and Kelly is the Executive Director of Girls on the Run (Greater Knoxville). As a family, the Eldridges love to go on walks (especially with their dog), travel, and attend baseball games. They enjoy spending time together by going on hikes and sharing each others company over delicious meals.
What Is Their Goal For The Challenge?
The biggest challenge Kelly and Joshua would like to overcome is being able to find more time for their family to spend together. Both Kelly and Joshua have careers that keep them busy, and their children are very active themselves through their studies and sports teams. Kelly states, “Most of our time together is spent watching one family member play a sport. It would be nice for all of us to play something together.” Spending quality time with their kids is highly important to both Kelly and Joshua, and they believe they have what it takes to do just that with My Fit Family Challenge.
What Difficulties Will They Face?
The Eldridges are already an active family, so the “staying active” portion of the Challenge will come easy to them. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t going to be any upward battles. The most difficult aspect of finding time to spend with one another is time itself. Sure, we all have free time at some points in the day, but knowing how to plan is not such an easy feat. Kelly and her family will challenge themselves to be better planners, so that they can create more opportunities to spend time with each other and achieve their goal. With summer break right around the corner, vacations are a great way to share experiences and bond through doing activities as a family.
Kelly and her family will challenge themselves to be better planners, so that they can create more opportunities to spend time with each other and achieve their goal.
The My Fit Family Challenge starts May 1st and will last for 8 weeks. Knoxville Parent encourages others in the Knoxville community to follow in the footsteps of the Eldridge family and take the Challenge themselves! By registering online at www.myfitfamilychallenge.com, participants have chances to win weekly prizes. All that is required is logging you and your family’s minutes online at least once a week. Being active just got a lot more interesting! Tune in next month as we conclude the My Fit Family Challenge, and catch up with both families to see how they did on accomplishing their goals. Until then, lets all do our best to promote health in our Knoxville community!
Adam Kalwas is the Publisher and CEO for Knoxville Parent Magazine. He is a proud husband, and he wants to shed positive light towards families in the greater Knoxville area for many years to come. Adam is graduating from the University of Tennesse in May 2016.