A local family representing the Boys & Girls Club of Venice finished as runners up in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) first-ever Triple Play Fit Family Challenge.

Triple Play: A Game Plan for the Mind, Body and Soul is a health and wellness program of BGCA. It was created by BGCA and Coca-Cola to encourage club members to eat healthier, become more physically active and increase their ability to engage in healthy relationships. Triple Play was created in 2005, and to date, more than one million young people have participated in the program.

The McIver family – Krishna, Myles, Amber, Elijah and Alex – representing the Boys & Girls Club of Venice was named a runner up in the competition with a family from Boston at an event at the Venice club Dec. 7. The runners up received prizes, including Microsoft’s new Xbox Kinect system. The family chosen as the winner represented the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, D.C.

“We’ve been running Triple Play at our club since 2006 and have seen our kids flourish in this outstanding program,” Erikk Aldridge, Venice club executive director, said. “The McIvers offer a great example of how a family can work together to improve their overall wellness.”

Author of the New York Times bestseller, The 4 Day Diet, and medical diet expert on VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club, Dr. Smith, coached all of the families throughout the challenge.

“I congratulate all of the families for working together to establish healthy habits like increased levels of physical activity and improved nutrition choices,” said Smith. “It’s great that they can go back to their communities and inspire other families to follow suit.”

To win the Triple Play Fit Family Challenge, the families were judged on how well they incorporated the principles of Triple Play into their lives.