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What We Did For The Bupa Family Challenge Plus a $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway! *Giveaway Ended*

February 5, 2013
This post is sponsored by Bupa Family Challenge

Bupa recently invited myself and my family to try their Family Challenge. Basically it involves deciding to change a less healthy habit for a new healthier one and commit to it for 7 days. Doing it for those 7 days may help break the badder habit cycle and encourage you to do it more.

I am always up for a challenge and have the family unit do more healthy things is one of my goals for my family. I’ll share with you what we did.

Firstly, I knew we could eat healthier, and I think it’s easier to eat healthy in summer with all the yummy fruit and vegies around, we just had to make the commitment.

Fruit and Veg

The only thing stopping me? The fridge I currently have tends to ‘freeze’ the fruit and vegetables I have in the crisper. I ditched the crisper ages ago and have some Tupperware Fridge Smarts, which work great.  But I wanted something cheaper so I got some more fridge containers, this time from Decor and Sistema and filled them all with yummy fruits and vegetables. I also made sure I had the ingredients for myself to have a salad for lunch everyday.


Also a great way to eat vegies is with dips. There are some great dips out there – or make your own, my kids love them and give them their own portion as double dipping will occur.

This challenge went great, my oldest does not like fruits or vegetables at all, getting him to eat them is another challenge (and blog post) for another day but the rest of us enjoyed the  ‘fruits’ of my labour. (pun totally intended)

Eating Fruit

Tips for you: Have the stuff in the fridge in the first place. Put them on your grocery list and buy them at the shops. Come home and wash it all and pop them into the containers.

We weren’t content with just having healthier food in the fridge, I wanted to incorporate some activity as well. Since school was starting, I thought it ideal to do the walk to and from school. Certainly healthier for all of us. It is in walkable distance 20 – 25 minutes each way and that means getting at least 30 mins of activity a day – which is a goal I like to achieve.

One thing stopping me? Clothes. I didn’t have appropriate clothes for being out in public while exercising (I am not a big clothes shopper – for me at least) so I trotted off to Target and was able to pick some some ok looking pants and tops to walk comfortably in.


So off we went, we have had a couple of obstacles, one being the weather and 2nd being conflicting schedules, have to be somewhere rather quickly after drop off. These are obstacles that are always going to be there so I have come up with a Plan B for those days.

Just Dance

We have a Wii console and we love the Just Dance disc. We got Just Dance 2 from Santa for Christmas so if we cannot get a walk in for the day, we do 30 minutes of dancing instead! It’s lots of fun and something we can all participate in.

Bupa Family Challenge would love to help another family get healthier and have offered a giveaway for one of my readers – the prize being a $100 Visa Gift Card! How lovely of them! All you have to do is leave a comment saying how your family can be healthier. Put your thinking cap on and be creative.

 Giveaway Details * Giveaway EndedWinner Chosen is Rebekah and she has been emailed –  Thank you everyone for entering*

  • To enter, comment on this post what your family could do to be healthier.
  • Prize is one $100 Visa Gift Card
  • Giveaway ends midnight, Friday 22nd February 2013 AEST
  • Entry will be judged on creativity and judges decision will be final.
  • Open to Australian postal addresses
  • Winner will be emailed and announced on the blog on Monday 25th February 2013

Good Luck!

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  1. Michelle V
    February 6, 2013 at 5:17 am

    I think a series of challenges would make us healthier:
    Challenge one’ll be:
    A family dance-off on the Wii.
    Healthy challenge number two:
    More fruits and veggies -long overdue!
    Challenge three leaves me puffing,
    Exercises for body buffing!
    Challenge number four:
    Soft drinks, cordials, out the door.
    Challenge five just for dad,
    Quit smoking, you won’t go mad!
    Challenge six swap white to brown,
    Helps keep the GI down.
    Challenge seven awaits,
    Hit the pavement on skates!
    Challenge eight have more giggles,
    Really tightens all that jiggles.
    Challenge nine swap more for less,
    Its the hardest, I confess!
    Challenge ten, last not least
    Only one chocolate, NOT a feast!

  2. Jennifer
    February 6, 2013 at 5:50 am

    My family of six eat a generally healthy diet, with the odd treat here or there, however lack of exercise for myself and my husband is a real struggle. After running the kids all over town to their sporting activities leaves little energy or time for us to exercise. This is the one MAJOR area for a health challenge. Not sure how to incorporate it into our day, but deep down I know need to find the time. Perhaps going as a family, walking, even a couple of evenings a week, or bike riding….

  3. Jade O'Shea
    February 6, 2013 at 7:35 am

    As much as I love the kids playing the Wii as it not only keeps them quiet but also gives them some sort of physical activity, during the summer months I try and get them outside as much as I can, whether it be playing in the backyard or riding bikes etc. I also find that letting them help with the making of their lunches etc. means they will eat it. They aslo know treats are treats and when they are good they will be rewarded. My youngest has even been coming for walks with me late at night! Not only does it make him tired but it also allows me to have some quality time with him.

  4. Alicia
    February 6, 2013 at 11:50 am

    The techology age is in full swing
    iPhones and laptops are just the thing
    To avert a health crisis
    We need to put down all devices
    To see what a healthier lifestyle can bring

  5. Nicole kent
    February 6, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Some leafy greens is what we need
    And add a little nuts and seeds
    TV off, let’s play outside
    Some backyard cricket and fun bike ride!

  6. February 6, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Remove all permanent markers from the house. Seriously, this would help with my mental health, all our health because less cleaning products trying to remove said permanent marker from everything and I am pretty sure that my 3yr old must be absorbing the permanent marker chemicals through her nails since she constantly needs them “painted” with permanent markers.

    (We already eat pretty healthy, walk to and from school, outside all the time etc so this is really the only thing I can think of, lol)

  7. Mary Preston
    February 6, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    We need to rescue the vegie patch. (Think blistering heat & flood.) We will not only be outdoors getting some fresh air & exercise, but producing fresher than fresh produce that is guaranteed to be Gluten Free and healthier for us.

    I also think that this is a great family activity.

  8. Kara
    February 6, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I think my family could learn to be more consistent with our healthier ideas. I think that lots of families like my own have some great ideas but keeping it going consistently is the hardest part. I am inspired by your blog post.

  9. Millie
    February 6, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    We are the ice cream family. We have 12litres in the freezer. My hubby is crazy about vanilla, me, I have anything with chocolate in it. The kids love icy poles, ice creams and anything that comes on a stick.

    Maybe if we cut down on buying ice cream we could buy some vegetables.

  10. February 7, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Very, very simple for us…no McDonalds drive-through for a a whole week. A large Diet Coke and chips is a weakness for me and Happy Meals are such an easy lunch.

  11. kerry santillo
    February 7, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    This is my life motto!!!!
    We all enjoy delicious food,
    Makes us happy, fixes our mood.
    It’s all about the juicy taste,
    Doesn’t matter, where the food is placed.

    We should consider, nutritional support,
    We shall need it, if we engage in a sport.
    Energy; food provides – plenty
    Need a bit more, if we’re over twenty.

    A great dish, we should all savor,
    Eat slowly, as we taste the flavor.
    Choose our very favorite cuisine,
    Is it red? Or is it green?

  12. February 7, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I have just commited to a 2 week no processed sugar challenge. Hubby is on-board and we’ve cleared the house of all banned foods. Now it’s just good for us whole foods :-). Hoping we feel the difference after 2 weeks and continue to eat a lot less of the white stuff.

  13. Kim m
    February 8, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    You know, I think we can learn a lot from our kids. I have been working later than normal lately, and my daughter asked my husband if she could get tea ready for me one night. She made me a beautiful “salad on a plate”, no one taught her how, she just did it. She is 10 and I thought that it was lovely that she wanted to look after me, and she did it by making me something healthy and fresh. So I think my family could learn from my daughter and focus on eating healthy, fresh and tasty food, and cooking with the kids makes it a fun, learning thing too!

  14. February 9, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    More exercise is what we need
    Out and about with some speed
    Bike, scooter, skateboard too,
    To get this family on the move.

  15. Pam
    February 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    To be healthier, my family needs to eat better at breakfast. I was brought up eating cereal, usually weetabix (am from UK) with 3 spoons of sugar, which horrifies me now, and toast with marmite, every single day. I didn’t think that was weird until recently I started thinking a whole lot more about what we eat, now I’m a mum of 2 very young girls. I quit that amount of sugar long ago and I am now working on varying our breakfasts more and making them a whole lot healthier. I got a juicer at christmas and am using that every day, usually carrot with mixed fruit (my skin has improved so much!!) and I’m making my first green juices this weekend (on the shopping list for tomorrow!). I’ve started having mushrooms or poached egg on toast etc. Basically, less dairy, and more goodness to start our day. To me, what my daughters learn to eat is one of the most important lessons I can teach them – and breakfast is after all the most important meal of the day!

  16. Kristin Santi
    February 10, 2013 at 9:19 am

    When we go to the mall and the girls are thirsty, I usually buy them a milkshake. Lately we have been taking a bottle of water with us, they haven’t even noticed the difference. As it turns out, they wanted a drink, not a milkshake and are happy with water.

  17. Amie Bramich
    February 10, 2013 at 9:30 am

    The key for our little family is open NO packets!!
    But oh so hard when there is always such a ruckus.
    Each day we try a little harder, eating more and more clean food!

  18. Sonya Keeble
    February 10, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Put down the screen and get outside, we need to make the most of the longer summer evenings and take a walk, enjoy what is around us and just get those muscles moving. Go for a bike ride, walk around the lake – I know we can find 20 minutes – it is not that hard – everyone will benefit and I want to take the kids for a bike ride while they are still young enough to want to be seen with me 🙂

  19. Suzie Elovali
    February 10, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Bread bread everywhere!! My family could do so much better without eating so much bread everyday, bread with pasta and with salad and with meat, I think having bread sparingly will make us all feel alot lighter on our feet and give us the energy we need especially during summer time.

  20. sapna
    February 11, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    we should limit our screen time and spend more time outside in other activities & reduce the amount of packaged food that we bring and consume in our house.

  21. Nicola Pengilly
    February 11, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    I am unable to exercise at the moment, due to a torn calf muscle and, so it is the perfect time for me to try and modify my eating habits – no more eating what I want and (trying to) exercise it off – which works less well as I get older. So I am trying to eat food that has nutrional value, not just what tastes good! 1 1/2 kilos down after one week – some of which may be muscle 😦 Hopefully that will set a good example for my hubby and teenagers…..

  22. Angie Boylan
    February 12, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    If we got more organised and woke up half an hour earlier, we could ride our bikes to school, the morning exercise will have their brains energised and ready for learning!

  23. February 12, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    We did Earth Hour BEFORE we had the kids (you know turn off all lights and not use any energy!) we COULD eat raw veggies once a week- cause *sighs* we never eat any! ooh do chips count? xxx

  24. Kirsten Benhiam
    February 12, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    I need to stop going to the shops when I’m hungry and then the whole family will benefit from the lack of comfort/junk food in the house. We usually eat well and get plenty of exercise but I do buy chips, biscuits and cakes when I’m in a hurry or skip a meal to do the food shopping. If it isn’t in the house, you aren’t likely to eat it!

  25. Jody Jamieson
    February 14, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    we need to get a healthy diet happening stop drinking coke and cordial and more water and plenty of it as it cleans the system and hydrates you we need an exercise routine that we stick to we need to work as a family maybe buy some tennis rackets a soccer ball and a cricket set so we can interact more as a family this way we can all work together to get the results we need we need to kick the bad habits and change for the better

  26. Chris
    February 16, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    On a sunny afternoon,
    we should ride our bikes,
    down to the park, or round the lake,
    just peddling on our trikes.

    But we are a family of 6 you see,
    and the urge is just not there,
    to drag each out and every bike,
    and watch the neighbours stare.

    You see we really are a sight,
    the 6 of us on our ride,
    One too fast or one too slow,
    just taking it in his stride,

    It’s all a bit too much for me,
    the ride is such a stress,
    but for our families health I think,
    This Mum should just say Yes!

  27. Cate
    February 18, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    We need to consider more carefully the ‘health value’ of the food we eat in our household. Simple things like opting for whole grain bread, looking at labels for additives, levels of salt etc. We are starting our Bupa Family Challenge today and can’t wait to continue using the FoodSwitch app to find the best alternative when we are grocery shopping!

  28. Rebecca Senyard
    February 18, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Food Challenge – Less sugar by incorporating 2 fruit instead of store bought muesli bars and snacks. Include vegetable sticks and salsa as a snack alternative. Each night with dinner ensure there is 3 veg or 1.5 cups of vegetables on the plate.

    Exercise Challenge – Get outside everyday with my toddler and play ball or chase bubbles. If it’s raining outside put the Xbox Kinnect on and play some games to get the heart rate up like kicking a soccer ball.

    Mental Challenge – Instead of looking at my Iphone at emails and facebook status updates, spend time thanking God for a new day, for the simple blessings and having a quiet 5 minutes before the rush of breakfast and getting ready for the day.

  29. Melinda
    February 18, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    We could be a better healthier family if we stuck to a budget, organised healthy family meals instead of going to restaurants. But that is boring, isn’t it? I cannot go past a good Thai restaurant, so rather than cook healthy we eat out. Sometimes not so healthy but it’s fun!

  30. Jasmine
    February 19, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Prices are so high that’s why my family can’t afford to eat healthy.
    If I win the lotto, I will buy fresh and organic produce. Also I’m going to turn the TV off because junk food ads are always on during prime time TV viewing

  31. February 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    We have started excercising as a family and if we watch TV we do core workouts in the adverts. If I had $100 to spend on getting healthy, we would buy a family membership to the the local running club and keep us all inspired.

  32. Kaz
    February 20, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Just get active! I have been working hard at getting the processed foods out of our pantry but they always seem to be stuck with homework online or catching up on their favourite shows. It definitely has to change!

  33. Rachael
    February 20, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Less sweetys and I am thinking we could join the walking school bus to increase our exercise

  34. Rebekah
    February 20, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    H – hook up with friends for walks at the park
    E – eat lots more summer fruits
    A – ask questions and learn better ways to do the healthy things we already do
    L – laugh more (a merry heart is good like medicine!)
    T – time together to make sure we stay connected and in good relationships
    H – have a plan to stretch more often (a personal goal – “lengthen muscles to strengthen”)
    I – invest in a good water bottle so we can drink on the go
    E – escape into the swimming pool to exercise and keep cool!
    R – relax and build down time into our day

  35. Renee Ballantyne
    February 21, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    We could walk to the park instead of driving, eat a little chocolate instead of a lot and drink more water.

  36. Elizabeth
    February 22, 2013 at 10:57 am

    My family challenge would be
    to turn away from the TV
    and step outside into the summer light
    to indulge in outdoor delights.
    From cycling to picnics at the park
    in the great outdoors, we’ll make our mark,
    because life isn’t about overusing technology
    it’s about special, family moments like these.


  37. Eugenia
    February 22, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Lose our salt addiction!

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