2017 Fit Fathers Day Celebration: Lead by Example So Your Child Becomes The Example!

Words by Adrian McQueen & Kimatni Rawlins / Photos by Adrenaline Lifestyles, Fisher Concepts & On The Trak Photo

Fatherhood was achieved on Father’s Day and will follow suit each day henceforth with a continuous movement where Fit Fathers commune for the benefit of their kids. We share and learn from one another to enhance positive experiences for our families, friends and communities. For the 4th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration (FFD) life enhancement manifested once again in the form of festive and healthful activities.

Naturally, Father’s Day in the Maryland, DC and Virginia area was ignited the “Fit Fathers” way for the 4th year in a row with exercise, laughter, dance, music and fun. We bring dads and father figures together annually to demonstrate the importance of being health conscious and leading by example through positive, nutritional choices. Hype for the event was built from engaging social media campaigns and coverage from Fox 5 DC, News Channel 8, WUSA 9, CBS Radio, Radio One, SiriusXM, Black Enterprise and a host of other elite media outlets. Additionally, with $2,500 in prizes at stake for our fitness challenges, over 500 attendees came to the celebration ready for action which resulted in an eventful day.

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2017 Fit Fathers Day Celebration: Lead by Example

The Fit Fathers Foundation believes health, fitness and nutrition can help fathers live longer and challenges dads to eat clean, stay active and continuously energize their lives! Held at Veterans Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring, MD, fun-for-all group exercises with trainers Michelangelo Bance, Tiffani Jenkins, Styves Exantus and the Ravens’ Kyle Arrington motivated the crowd. New and enjoyable for this year was the Zumba experience by Z Sweat Dance and Fitness as well as Ray & Roze Zumba. Yoga was also led by 5 Sense Wellness to the melody of PanLara’s steel drums. The kids highly adored the interactive playground while guests were treated to DJ Blinks who kept everything grooving as he spun hit tunes on the 1s and 2s.

Participants enjoyed fitness games, healthy snacks and water from Whole Foods, Kind Snacks Zico, Body Armor, screenings and health information from AAHP and giveaways from Thule, Yokohama, Nike, Bose, Road Runner Sports, Soul Cycle, Live Nation, Modell’s, Strider Bikes, Vibram and Mothers Car Care. The Fit Mom plank contest lasted 18 minutes while the Gym Source winner for Mr. Fit Father walked away with a set of Yokohama tires.

We honored our 500 plus attendees for supporting the cause with a magnetic workout, prizes, giveaways and life-enhancing materials. Guests left the event already asking about the 5th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration in 2018. We greatly appreciate our sponsors and partners who initially recognized the vision and helped bring FFD to fruition. As well, a very special thank you is in order for all patrons and volunteers who attended and participated.

FFD is possible due to the amazing contributions from our partners and sponsors such as Thule, Mazda, Volkswagen, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Whole Foods Market, Nike, Bose, DC Capital Striders, Nissan, The Washington Auto Show, Road Runner Sports, Strider Bikes, Kind Snacks, Soul Cycle, Yokohama Tires and Meatless Monday. The success of Fit Fathers Day sits with supporters of the movement so recognition must go out to the community partners including Modell’s Sporting Goods, Gym Source, Body Armor, Greenbelt S.I.T.Y. Stars, Men’s Health Network, Z Sweat Dance and Fitness, The WellnessPlex, Ray & Roze Zumba, 5 Sense Wellness, WAPA, Kaiser Permanente, Powerful Beyond Measure, PanLara, Zico, Daddy’s Cool, Hip Hop Fathers, African American Health Program, Live Nation, Mocha Moms, Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Police, Higher Level Basketball, Vibram, SWEAT DC, 1 Up Handles, The Streetwize Foundation, Downtown Silver Spring, Visit Montgomery County, Road Crew Clusters, Make Smart Cool, Great Kids Events, Mothers Car Care, Healthy Life and Soul, LLC and The Department of Environmental Protection.

In addition, much love and respect is directed to our auto sponsors for assisting in making this event a success. It was only right that Fit Fathers Day included some Automotive Rhythms flavor in the form of an active lifestyle vehicle showcase including a Deep Blue Pearl 2017 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve edition, Mazda CX-5, 2018 VW Atlas Limited and Toyota Tacoma.

Last year’s FFD was unique as we helped elevate awareness for 13-year old Journey Butler and other families battling pediatric cancer. Journey participated in the previous Fit Fathers Day events with her Double Dutch Team aka Greenbelt S.I.T.Y. Stars. Sadly, Journey passed away and in memoriam Journey’s family started #JourneyToHappiness to assist and encourage people against the lethal opposition of sickle cell trait. The nonprofit Journey to Happiness Movement was founded in order to advocate for sickle cell trait (SCT) carriers and to make the sickle cell community aware of the urgent health concerns associated with being a carrier. SCT is directly associated with Renal Medullary Carcinoma, the cancer that Journey succumbed to. National Ambassadors Jason McCourty and Devin McCourty of the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots also focus their attentions on sickle cell disease. “We have seen first hand the devastating effects of sickle cell on family members and we are choosing to use our platform to help families in similar situations,” said Jason. “This is something very personal to us and we’re thrilled to continue working with Embrace Kids Foundation,” added Devin. The Fit Fathers positive message is spreading among the lives of many.

FFD was also hosted by national ambassador Kyle Arrington who is a cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens and has earned a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. He is married and has two sons named Kyle Jr. and Kaden. Off the field he’s a family guy who dedicates success to his wife and kids including the addition of a new baby boy.

Fit Fathers spearheaded movements in numerous cities last year outside of the DMV by partnering with health leaders to produce the Father’s Day celebration. This year was no different as events also took place in Atlanta, Cincinnati and Philadelphia.

Although Fit Fathers Day is a special occasion to recognize dads during their time of celebration, our mission also encourages moms, kids and families throughout the year. Stay tuned for more Fit Fathers events as we move forward engaging with various communities around the country. Enjoy the photo gallery.

Sweat with the Mio Slice Activity Tracker on Father’s Day!

Experienced by Styves Exantus

In this advanced, high tech world full of constant movement and where steps taken and heart rate observance is important the Mio Slice Activity Tracker adds a refreshing perspective on collecting and sharing motivation with PAI points. Having Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI) on your wrist throughout the day offers a simple yet calculated number to find individual needs to keep one sweaty and gasping for air.

The PAI points monitor the heart rate as the pivot point to track workload versus the prehistoric step counters that say “Yes, I walked back and forth from my desk to the printer for about 3,601 total steps today at work.” My personal appreciation of this revolutionary system lets me know if I am actually pushing my threshold or just casually coasting through a workout. If I leisurely jog a 9-minute mile I may get a PAI point or two but when I push my limits and knockout 6-minute miles then I’m now hitting the jackpot with PAI points.

The Mio Slice is not only following your heart rate throughout the day but is also tracking your sleep patterns which is a vital element for recovery. The band is simple to wear and doesn’t impede any typical, daily actions. In addition, the app is user friendly and visually displayed the PAI points I was racking up throughout my day of work, fitness and family time. The only suggestion I would have in this era of fashion would be to make the bands interchangeable.

Great job with the PAI points Mio Slice. I needed newer technology to track my heart’s true effort. With an MSRP of $129.00 visit www.mioglobal.com for more details. More importantly, to receive a $30 discount enter promo code DAD30 during checkout. Free shipping included.

 

Mr. Fit Father Training Video: 4th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration

Are you one  of the fittest fathers in the Maryland, DC and VA area and ready to be crowned Mr. Fit Father? Well, bring your heart and your family to Fit Fathers Day and show us your bravado. Watch this short training video which breaks down the exercises of the contest execution. Contestants will be timed on the circuit to determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

● Sprint Up and Back

● 25 Push Ups

● Sprint Up and Back

● 20 Sit Ups

● Sprint Up and Back

● 15 Ball Slams (50 lb)

● Sprint Up and Back

● 10 Burpees

● Sprint Up and Back to FINISH!!!

Sponsored by Gym Source, the winner of the Mr. Fit Father competition will receive a brand new set of Yokohama tires amongst other prizes from Nike and Road Runner Sports. Tag a father that you think can be the top finisher and hold the crown of Mr. Fit Father on June 18th at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, MD at 10AM. You know what to expect, so get out there and train and we will see you at the 4th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration! RSVP at www.FitFathersDay.com

4th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration: Silver Spring, MD

— Empowering dads, father figures, families and children —

Sunday June 18th 10am to 12pm

— FREE —

Silver Spring Civic Center, At Veterans Plaza
8525 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910

— workout begins at 10am and the yoga warmup at 9:30am —

On Father’s Day join us for a “fun-for-all” group exercise with trainers Michelangelo Bance, Tiffani Jenkins, Styves Exantus and the Ravens’ Kyle Arrington. Also enjoy fitness games, Zumba by Z Sweat Dance and Fitness and Ray & Roze Zumba, healthy snacks, yoga led by 5 Sense Wellness, an interactive playground and music from DJ Blinks and PanLara steel drum. Attendees can compete for over $2,500 in prizes from Nike, Bose, Road Runner Sports, Modell’s, Soul Cycle, Strider Bikes, Thule, Live Nation, Yokohama Tires and Vibram in the Mr Fit Fathers, Fit Mom, Fit 50+ and Fit Kid contests. Also the reigning 2-time Mr. Fit Father, James Paul Swink, will be back to defend his Gym Source title against any takers of the grand prize.

Hosted by Fit Fathers Founder Kimatni D. Rawlins

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5th Annual STRIVE Youth Splash N Dash Race

Please join us for the 5th Annual STRIVE Youth Splash N Dash Race at the Ellen Linson Splash Park in beautiful College Park, MD. The STRIVE Splash N Dash is a fun and fast-growing sport that combines running and swimming; while building confidence within a supporting community. This USA Triathlon Sanctioned youth-friendly events are open to all ability levels in a safe course which consists of a pool swim, transition to a run on a closed trail then complete to an amazing finish line of family and friends.

There will be 3ft deep lane for our new swimmers which allows them to join in on the fun too while letting our advanced swimmers in deep water. Participants can use any method of movement to get through the swim course:

Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Doggie Paddle, Run, Walk, etc & can take breaks as needed….. JUST DON’T QUIT!!!

These fun, challenging events foster determination & build mental toughness while reinforcing positive life lessons.

Sign up now for Event #1 of the STRIVE Youth Splash N Dash Race Series as www.strive2tri.org .

Check out this VIDEO from last year and see you out there on the course!

Race #2 – Coppin State University             Baltimore, MD         August 5, 2017

Race #3 – Whitehall Tennis & Pool Club     Bowie, MD               September 2, 2017

Fit Father’s Day Tips: A Focus on Men’s Health

Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., Kimatni Rawlins, and Stephen Neabore, M.D., at the Physicians Committee in D.C.

June is Men’s Health Month so this Father’s Day the Physicians Committee is teaming up with fit fathers Stephen Neabore, M.D., and Kimatni Rawlins to learn about simple dietary modifications that can result in major health gains. Their top tips? Build meals around plant-based foods, like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes; stay active by moving for at least 30 minutes most days of the week; and lead by example.

Here’s how they put the latest nutrition science into everyday practice:

Fit Father’s Day Tip No. 1: Schedule a physical. Routine check-ups and exams let you catch problems, like borderline high cholesterol, a few extra pounds, and elevated blood pressure, before they morph into larger issues—like the early stages of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

If you haven’t booked a physical, make an appointment today and talk to your children about hereditary risk factors for disease that run in the family. The good news is DNA isn’t destiny. For example, one-third of all cancers can be prevented with a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Fit Father’s Day Tip No. 2: Eat your greens. Consume at least one leafy green vegetable each day, which helps stabilize blood sugar. For an extra boost, aim for a few cups of raw leafy greens to slash type 2 diabetes risk and to extend cognitive function as your body ages.

If you’re not sure where to start, pick up Swiss chard, arugula, and mesclun, which help to improve oxygen circulation throughout the body more efficiently than any other salad green. Other good picks include celery, collards, green beans, kale, and spinach. By loading up with greens, you’ll have more energy to do the things you love, whether it’s playing a game of pick-up basketball, taking your family on a hike, or helping your kids with their chemistry homework. Asparagus, broccoli, zucchini, and parsley are other green veggies that help the body break down atherosclerotic plaque and support healthy blood flow.

Fit Father’s Day Tip No. 3: Swap seasoning for potato chips. Those nicely packaged snack packs—whether it’s cookies, candy, or chips—look easy to pick up and throw into lunches, but these packaged items often contain surprisingly high amounts of sodium, sugar, and empty calories.

To satisfy cravings for a crunchy treat, you can pair plain popcorn with a few pinches of Himalayan sea salt and Vegit (no oil or butter). Your kids won’t know the difference, but you’ll slash their saturated fat intake in half. Kale chips are delicious, too.

In addition to planning healthful snacks in advance, one of the best things you can do for your family is to set up your kitchen so that the healthiest choice is the easiest choice. Start by preassembling to-go bags of healthful snacks, which can fit into lunches, sports bags, desk drawers, and car consoles. When all else fails, pick up extra apples and bananas—which Dr. Neal Barnard refers to as the ultimate fast food.

Fit Father’s Day Tip No. 4: Like lycopene. Prostate cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in American men, falling behind lung cancer and colorectal cancer. Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is also the most common. In addition to maintaining a healthy body weight and staying active, you can further slash prostate cancer risk by filling up with fruits and veggies. A plant-based vegan diet reduces prostate cancer risk by 35 percent.

One way to increase intake of these disease-fighting foods is to start by adding lycopene, an antioxidant associated with reduced prostate cancer risk, to your diet. Lycopene is bundled in tomatoes, grapefruit, watermelon, and guava. To double lycopene’s bioavailability, heat it up. Stewed tomatoes and pasta sauce are great options.

Fit Father’s Day Tip 5: Befriend beans. Plant proteins—think lentils, beans, and peas—are packed with fiber, a nutrient exclusive to plant foods. Fiber escorts toxins and other unwanted compounds from your body. It also sends a signal to your brain that you’re full. Aim for at least 40 grams of fiber a day. The average American consumes just 15 to 16 grams of daily fiber. Especially good sources include bean chili, bean-based dips, salads with beans, and vegetable stir-fry dishes with black beans, bold spices, and BBQ tofu.

Want to learn more? Follow the conversation online at #FitFathersDay, #PlantBasedRx, and #MensHealthMonth.

Cali Roots Kicks Off First Ever Fun Run with Fit Fathers

With all the dancing and moving, it is no secret that festivals can wear down on the body. Thus, the Cali Roots Fun Run inspired festival goers to nurture their bodies but still have great times over the weekend.

It was a beautiful runner’s morning along the coastal trail of Monterey, CA with Fit Fathers and Fleet Feet’s Run Crew to kick off Day 2 of the 2017 California Roots Music and Arts Festival. After meeting at the run shop we ran a refreshing 5 miles to scenic Lover’s Point where life feels timeless. After the energizing run showgoers were treated to organic fruit and steel cut oatmeal to nourish and ready them for the fun-filled day of music ahead. It’s a movement that consists of healthful habits and activities right before all the festival magic begins. Now it’s time to enjoy the explosive sounds of Protoje, Tribal Theory, Yellowman and of course the King of Queens aka Nas!

“We were excited to offer our first ever fun run,” stated Co-Producer Dan Sheehan. “Fit Fathers approached us with the idea with Fleet Feet, so we felt this was a great addition to the Cali Roots vibe and thankful for our attendees and community who participated.”

CONNECT:

Cali Roots Website

Cali Roots Facebook

Cali Roots Twitter

Cali Roots Instagram

 

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport: Fundamentally Courageous

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Introduced to the US a decade ago in 2007 the Rogue is Nissan’s top selling vehicle and has helped the Japanese automaker claim the hearts and souls of millennials who focus on digital communication, fresh technology, trending fashion and a strong social identity. Since the compact SUV is versatile, savvy, stylish and innovative it only made since to add another characteristic to its persona. Yep, the Rogue is now fitter than ever with the introduction of the Sport!

An invite to test drive the new crossover in the heart of Nashville, TN presented keen insight on the consumer demographics Nissan is highlighting. For example, the city is going through a construction remix with an array of housing developments for singles and young couples that desire the inner city vibe. Along with these environs should come a flexible ride that adapts to its surroundings to simplify the total drive experience from parking and fuel mileage to connectivity with the inner world.

Starting at $21,420 for a Rogue Sport S FWD and increasing to $27,420 for the Rogue Sport SL AWD, there are three models to choose from in either FWD or AWD for either increment weather or spirited maneuverability. The misconception is that AWD is only necessary for cold weather states but I beg to differ. There is nothing like the traction from all four wheels for top performance or hauling.

Down in Tennessee Nissan put us up in SL variants of the Rogue Sport with defining color palettes such as Monarch Orange and Palatial Ruby. In addition to some of the standard features on the S like the Xtronic CVT transmission with a Sport Mode Shifter, auto off headlights with LED signature, Bluetooth hands-free text assistant and RearView Monitor, the SL adds the stylish 19” aluminum-alloy rims tucked in Bridgestone all-season rubber, heated outside mirrors, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel (leather-wrapped), remote engine start and Around ViewMonitor with Moving Object Detection. The Rogue Sport provides the aesthetics needed for influential millennials as well as the safety weapons required to defend against busy, urban commutes. I am particularly fond of the progressive tailgate spoiler!

If you want to go over and beyond the amenities included in the MSRP then the $570 Platinum Package upgrade is must. The suite offers Intelligent Cruise Control for those extended highway road trips, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Departure Prevention and Forward Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection since mobile devices seem to distract far greater than they need to, especially with younger drivers.

In comparison to the base Rogue, the Rogue Sport inherits a sportier front fascia with a wider lower grille, circular fog lights, slightly smaller proportions and the 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine to replace the 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder. In this case the 2.0 produces a respectable 141-horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque. Around winding, hilly country roads the vehicle held its own but faired even better by utilizing the manual shift mode for optimal acceleration. As well, the edgy, flat-bottom steering wheel with multi-functions was a bonus. But keep in mind the adjustments for proper positioning are manual.

“The combination of the new Rogue Sport and the immensely popular redesigned 2017 Rogue will appeal to a broad audience and offers a wide spectrum of features and price points for SUV buyers,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc.

Inside, the Rogue Sport is spacious and quite comfortable. I didn’t feel congested or ergonomically challenged. The nucleus of the little SUV is the 7” display which houses NissanConnectSM with Navigation, Mobile Apps and Services and SiriusXM Traffic & Travel Link. In addition, NissanConnect Services Powered by SiriusXM includes automatic collision notification, emergency call and stolen vehicle locator, remote lock/unlock, sound the horn, curfew alerts and speed alerts. Though, Nissan does need to add a few more USB ports for passengers.

As you can see the new 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport is fundamentally courageous with modern offerings for today’s energetic and savvy customers.

CALI ROOTS PARTNERS WITH FIT FATHERS FOR ITS FIRST EVER FUN RUN

Fit Fathers, a fathers health education nonprofit and website, and Fleet Feet, Monterey’s Saturday Run Crew, are teaming up with California Roots Music and Arts Festival to host their first fun run before the music starts on Saturday, May 27. Come enjoy the beautiful coastal trail while benefitting your health, right before all the festival magic begins. [Read more…]

Free!!! Fit Fathers Day Vibe Ride in Atlanta

Vibe Ride and Fit Fathers invite you to a fun and energetic indoor cycling class, featuring fitness technology and music videos to celebrate Fit Fathers Day! We will host up to 35 riders on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 1:30pm-2:15pm and are looking forward to creating a fun workout for all fitness levels. Please book your bike by June 12th by clicking this link: http://theviberide.com/schedule/ and navigating to the #FitFathersDay class on 6/17. Either select “First Free Class” if you are new to Vibe Ride, or select single class and use promo code “FitFathersDay” so that there is no cost.

Date: June 17, 2017
Time: Class will be from 1:30pm-2:15pm (arrival time: 1:10pm)
Place: Vibe Ride, 950 W Peachtree St NW, Suite 225, Atlanta, GA 30309 (free parking in attached garage. Enter the garage on 8th St or Peachtree Pl NW)
Cost: Complimentary
Website: www.theviberide.com
Social Media: @theviberide @FitFathers #VibeRide #FitFathers #FitFathersDay