FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Family member Tamesha White said that she decided this summer that enough was enough; it was time for her to lose weight.

Since then, White - who has since lost 40 pounds - has tried to make sure she and her family are maintaining a healthy lifestyle. That lifestyle is what prompted White, her husband and her three sons to attend Saturday's Jingle Bell Jog event at the Youth Sports Complex.

''I thought it was so much fun,'' White said. ''It was cold, but it was nice.''

White was among the dozens of Soldiers and family members who attended the Child, Youth and School Services event. Despite temperatures in the low 30s, event participants, walked, jogged and ran up to four miles before heading back to the Youth Sports Complex for a healthy breakfast.

After taking time to enjoy ''Blitzen's Bites'' - a meal of scrambled egg whites, fresh kiwi and whole-wheat waffles topped with blueberries, the children headed to the field for Reindeer Games with CYSS staff and Tess Twinkle, one of Santa's elves.

Though White said the meal was not what she was used to, she said it did give her ideas for healthy food options.

For example, she said, her children enjoyed the waffles, which were covered in fruit instead of syrup.
''(My kids) are going to grow up eating healthy,'' she said.