A Healthy Lifestyle Can Make Your Family Big Winners


Lincoln -- The Nebraska Sports Council is encouraging families across Nebraska to adopt healthier lifestyles in the second annual Family Challenge, which runs June 3 - July 15. Last year, 438 families and a total of 1,798 people participated.

Thousands of prizes, including family adventures, are up for grabs for families that accumulate at least 50 points per week.

Major drawing prizes include a Wyoming ski trip, a weekend at Worlds/Oceans of Fun, a Niobrara River tubing excursion, a handful of Nebraska State Park getaways and a Traeger Grill from the Nebraska Pork Producers.

"The Family Challenge provides great motivation for parents to model healthy behaviors," Nebraska Sports Council Executive Director Dave Mlnarik said.

"Our modern lifestyles are busy, even chaotic at times, so our tips focus on taking an organized approach to wellness in the household. In the end, families see the health benefits of good planning and it becomes habit…and the prizes are a good motivator in the short-term," he added.

Registration is now open under the Family Challenge tab at

The cost is $25 per family, and each family receives up to four shirts, with additional shirts available for $5 each. The first 3,500 kids registered will receive free meal certificates from Mr. Goodcents or Applebee's. Families also get access to a wealth of resources and weekly tips to help them organize healthy behaviors into busy family schedules.

To earn points toward the prize drawing, families will track healthy behaviors and log them weekly on the Family Challenge website.

Trackable nutrition behaviors include meal planning, grocery shopping, fruit and vegetable consumption, hydration and cutting down on unhealthy items. Physical activity tracking includes exercise planning, exercise minutes and cutting down on screen time. Bonus points can be earned for proper sleep habits, volunteer service, worship/meditation and participation in the Cornhusker State Games.

Winning families will be announced July 19 prior to the Cornhusker State Games Opening Ceremonies at Seacrest Field in Lincoln.