Making Progress with the Fit Family Challenge: The Griffin Family

The Fit Family Challenge began May 1, and we’re spotlighting two Triad families who have been challenged to work toward better health


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Kelly Griffin, 39, and her husband, Rodney, 40, live in Summerfield with their three children — Rebecca, 12; Alexis, 10; and R.J., 9. Kelly is a stay-at-home mom while Rodney, a former police officer, now works at a law firm.

Kelly said she has always struggled with her weight, but after the birth of her third child, her health challenges increased. She has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis, among other ailments. Medications she takes have made her gain weight, and chronic pain has kept her from exercising.

All three children have after-school activities that keep them busy.

The Griffins want to support each other in making the right choices for a healthy lifestyle. 

An Update from the Griffins

“Things are going well. We’re attending baseball and softball four to six nights a week. Donna and I discussed making changes in our morning routine. That is where we struggle the most, and that is the most important part of our success.

“I went home and shared with the family some of the changes. We’re starting with a relaxation exercise and a breakfast schedule [each family member chooses a day to prepare breakfast], and have some Mozart playing in the background to drown out any distracting noise and make it a little relaxing,” says Griffin.

“I’m fitting in time for activity to meet the goals set by our fitness coach, Julie. The kids are using the advice of our nutritionist, Cindy, and making wise choices in ordering their lunches for school. We’re drinking more water and taking the advice of drinking milk and juice for breakfast and dinner.

“We are excited about the changes we are making. We are also excited that we are able to spend more time together as a family and look forward to being able to add more fun things to do together.”

Expert Advice

Cindy Silver, Registered Dietitian: “Kelly has a nice discussion going with her family about good nutrition, including her parents, who often share meals with the family. Also, Kelly is preparing and freezing meals which helps her out many weekday evenings. The family involves the kids in making breakfast and, on occasion, planning and helping to cook dinner.”

Donna Burick, Life Coach: “The Griffins are drinking more water by having a bottle of water by the bed so when they wake up in the morning, they will drink it. They are trying to have a better attitude throughout the day. The best way to a new attitude is by having the morning routine be much smoother. Every family member is putting out their clothes for the next day before bed, and breakfast is planned in advance so each of them get to pick their favorite meal, and then they can take turns preparing the meal.”

Julie Luther, Fitness Coach: “Kelly is doing great! She has a notebook with all of the info that she has learned and is really changing her behavior in a positive way.

“She is taking a seated fitness class at PurEnergy, and she learned her fitness training for her home, which includes abs and strength training with an elastic tube. She and her family have picked out one evening a week to do rotating activities. Each family member decides what to do that evening for 30 minutes.”

Join Us for the Fit Family Challenge

The Fit Family Challenge is a FREE healthy lifestyle program for families! We want to motivate families to get moving and create healthier lifestyles. Until June 26, participants will log their family’s physical activities and healthy habits in the Fit Family Challenge mobile-friendly Activity Tracker. The more activity you log, the more points you earn and the more chances you have to win fabulous prizes. Visit for details.

Anne Wooten Green is a freelance writer from Winston-Salem.

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