CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - South Carolina has the 7th highest obesity rate in the U.S., statistics show. A new program launching this week is designed to change that one family at a time.
The Fit Family Challenge encourages families to get active and healthy.
The program kicked off May 13 and participating families will have access to fitness classes, expert advice and nutrition information over a period of time.
They will be challenged to set goals, keep track of healthy habits and log weekly minutes of activity.
It's a challenge many families say they are ready for.
"It's tweaking what needs to be tweaked, so for our food, we're hoping to make some better choices. Our big thing is eating out because we're on the run a lot, so we eat out a lot. We bring take-out home a lot. So for us, it's about finding ways at home to make those healthier meals," participant Donna Hollars said.
The program runs through July 10.