Fit Family Challenge Spotlight: The Bray Family
Piedmont Parent’s Fit Family Challenge launches April 21, and we're following two Triad families who are up for the challenge to work toward better health with the help of a team of experts: The Cooks and the Brays.
Your family is invited to join the Fit Family Challenge, too. Get fit, have fun and enjoy some bonding time during the next eight weeks. Find out how you can join us!
Meet the Bray Family
Kevin and Brittney Bray, 39 and 37 respectively, are parents to 12-year-old Bayleigh, and Kooper, who is 9. Kevin is a firefighter and Brittney teaches full time. Bayleigh just wrapped up a season of playing basketball on her school team, and Kooper is gearing up for soccer season. Brittney and Kevin put in full days at their jobs, and then hit the ground running when they get home; their afternoons are spent helping with homework and getting the kids to and from sports practices. In addition, the Brays are active at their church on Wednesday evenings and Sundays. Kevin suffered a stroke and had heart surgery in 2008, and had a seizure a year later.
The Brays are a tight family. “We just love being together,” Brittney tells Piedmont Parent. “We like to hike, swim, fish, go to museums and parks. We try to do things as a family as much as possible.” The family also enjoys getting out for neighborhood walks with their Boxer, Charli.
Brittney and Kevin spend a large amount of time helping others, both on the job and at home. Their busy lifestyle does not leave a lot of time for devoting time to their own exercise needs, however. Kevin does not currently have an exercise program and despite being a member of the Kernersville YMCA, Brittney admits her routine has become stagnant. “As far as exercise, I am currently working on the Couch 2 5K program,” she jokes. “It is a slow process, and I am not always consistent with it.”
Brittney and Kevin are ready for a change. Brittney is determined to make regular exercise a priority, and Kevin recently bought a bicycle and wants to get in shape to ride the Virginia Creeper Trail. An irregular schedule doesn’t make things easy, though. “Every week is different in our house and it is getting ready to change yet again,” says Brittney. Kevin’s work schedule involves several days of 24-hour shifts, and the kids’ spring schedules will include busy afternoon practices.
- Finding quick and healthy food solutions. “We have three big obstacles when it comes to cooking,” says Brittney. “We are very picky eaters, not enough time and our budget!”
- Fitting in exercise.
- Finding time to decompress. “We don’t really have a way to relax or unwind,” says Brittney.