5th Annual “Fit Fathers Day: Celebration: Empowering dads, father figures, families and kids!

Words by Adrian McQueen & Kimatni Rawlins / Photos by Adrenaline Lifestyles & Fisher Concepts

What another spectacular year honoring Father’s Day with 500 plus family members in Silver Spring, MD.  Fit Fathers Day (FFD) is our celebration honoring dads, uplifting fatherhood, strengthening paternal bonds and recognizing the influence of fathers in our society. The Fit Fathers Foundation believes ultimate health, fitness and nutrition can help individuals live longer while challenging everyone to eat clean, stay active and continuously energize their lives! We bring dads and father figures together annually to demonstrate the importance of being health conscious and leading by example through positive, nutritional choices. For the 5th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration life enhancement manifested once again in the form of festive and energetic  activities.

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2018 Fit Fathers Day Celebration: Empowering dads, father figures, families and kids!

Exercise, laughter, dance, music and fun is the “Fit Fathers” way of manifesting joyous occasions in the Maryland, DC and Virginia area. Brought to you by Mazda, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Chrysler, Mom’s Organic Market, Volkswagen, Toyota, The Washington Auto Show, Gym Source, Road Runner Sports, Striders, ZICO, Soul Cycle, Nissan, Yokohama Tires, Thule, Meatless Monday, Wegmans, Kia, Gold’s Gym, Hip Hop Fathers, Modell’s and Vibram, the Father’s Day celebration provides dads with the tools needed to engage their families toward increased fitness, ultimate wellness and positive, nutritional habits while honoring the true meaning of fatherhood.

Hype for the event was built from engaging social media campaigns and coverage from News Channel 8, WUSA 9, CBS Radio, NBC 4, Radio One and a host of other elite media outlets. Additionally, with $2,500 in prizes at stake from Sean John, Modell’s, Yokohama, Vibram, Gym Source, SoulCycle, Live Nation, Striders, JBL, Jabra, Thule, INCREDIBLES 2 and Road Runner Sports by competing in the Mr. Fit Father contest and female plank challenge and our fitness challenges, over 500 attendees came to the celebration ready for action which resulted in an eventful day.

Held at Veterans Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring, MD, fun-for-all group exercises with trainers Michelangelo Bance, Tiffani Jenkins and Sofia Rodriguez (Glute Camp) motivated the crowd. The Zumba experience by Z Sweat Dance and Fitness sent the ladies in the crowd into overdrive while yoga was led by Conscious Crusade 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. Additional entertainment featured a capoeira performance by RODA Movements and a jump rope demo from Greenbelt SITY Stars.

In addition, much love and respect is directed to our auto sponsors for assisting in making this event a success. A special Auto Fit car show by Automotive Rhythms featured the flavor of active lifestyle vehicles from Mazda, Chrysler, Toyota, VW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Nissan and Kia! A special thank you to Fit Fathers’ Radio One media partner known on the air as Majic, Praise and WKYS!

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 6th Annual FFD Celebration in 2019. As well, a very special thank you is in order for all patrons and volunteers who attended and participated.

The success of FFD sits with supporters of the movement including Men’s Health Network, WAPA, Capitol Professionals, Roll Call Crew, PAINTS Institute, Lleft Entertainment, Kids After Hours, Powerful Beyond Measure, PanLara, Daddy’s Cool, African American Health Program, Mocha Moms, Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Police, Downtown Silver Spring, Make Smart Cool, Great Kids Events, DMV Social, The Department of Environmental Protection, Vitality Health and Wellness Center and The Fit Solution.

FFD was hosted by national ambassador Kyle Arrington who played cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens and has earned a Championship ring with the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. Off the field he’s a family guy who dedicates success to his wife and kids including the addition of a new baby girl.

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.

Raising Boys Into Extraordinary Young Men

By Dr. Monica Hawkins
For years, numerous parents, teachers, and coaches asked what I was doing special to raise my son. This book is my blueprint that I used to raise my son to be an articulate, self-confident, intelligent and extraordinary young man and leader.  I want to inspire other parents to raise their sons with similar attributes to my son who was taught to be extraordinary from the moment he was born. Purchase here.
Dr. Hawkins is a wife, mother, sports fan and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.  She has been a mentor, tutor, coach, and motivational speaker to numerous youngsters.  Dr. Hawkins earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from George Mason University, a Master of Public Health degree from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University.

Biking Safety Tips by Trips For Kids Marin

Biking is a great way to form friendships, strengthen family bonds, get exercise, and reduce our impact on the environment. But, every child who gets on a bike needs to be prepared. According to Kaiser Permanente, more children between the ages of 5 and 14 get admitted to emergency rooms for bicycle-related injuries than any other activity-related injury. Kaiser stresses the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet and following 10 basic safety rules:

  1. Choose an Appropriate Bike

For Bike to Work Day, Bike to School Day or any other bike-riding adventure, it’s vital that kids are on the right bikes. Children should be able to have their hands on the handlebars and the balls of their feet touching the ground while they’re sitting on the seat. Don’t buy a bike your child will “grow into.” [Read more…]

Young Vegan Cyborg speaks on Plant-Based Nutrition and Daily Fitness

Sometimes the wellness inspiration comes from our seeds. For example, 11-year old Kaiyana Rawlins — the daughter of Fit Father’s founder Kimatni D. Rawlins — breaks down her love for sports, why she feels good on a daily basis, where energy for her four activities comes from (soccer, basketball, competitive jump rope and volleyball) as a vegan kid and minor challenges she faces amongst her peers. She also runs in between strength training and eats cruciferous green veggies like candy. So remember, always eat clean, stay active and continue to energize your life!

Disney-Pixar’s INCREDIBLES 2

In “Incredibles 2,” Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose superpowers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.

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Roberto Tapia on Fit Fatherhood

My fatherhood habits are a lifestyle, an expression of love that has a beginning but no end. It’s a choice we make for 24 hours. The path I chose to be a Fit Father requires more sacrifice than any career but is also far more rewarding since my love for my kids is unconditional. I wouldn’t change the circumstances for the world!
-Roberto Tapia, Capoeira Instructor

Coaches vs Cancer Hardwood Heroes Game Kicks Off Final Four Weekend for INFINITI and NCAA

Yes, two teams of cancer survivors — the Hardwood Heroes — kicked off the Final Four weekend by going head-to-head at the Alamodome to raise awareness for cancer research. This game returns for a third year as a part of INFINITI’s long-standing partnership with Coaches vs. Cancer, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the NCAA.

This year’s Hardwood Heroes teams were led by two NCAA coaches: Coach Jim Calhoun along with Assistant Coach Shelley Smith and Coach Bo Ryan along with Assistant Coach Kayce Smith. [Read more…]

Fit Fathers Mentorship

Fit Fathers’ founder Kimatni D. Rawlins mentors numerous kids and teens across the country to help them face the complexities of society with simple but strategic solutions. To kick off Black History Month at the Washington Auto Show he brought a few football mentees from his daughter’s high school — Paint Branch in Silver, Spring — to the ART-of-Motion display so they could see how the fruits of their labor is manifested! Amede and Alphonse are smart, kind, hardworking, and passionate. So of course we have to do more to continuously motivate and direct our  young men and women. They are the country’s future leaders!

Take a Walk Through Nature

 

For the preservation of life spend time within Mother Nature as much and as often as possible. With technology that continues to replace basic humans skills we must escape the digital world to maintain purity of the spirit, physical prowess, and mental clarity. Moreover, we must choose plant-based foods that enliven the mind and body opposed to processed, engineered, and animal products that degrade and deteriorate the fabric of our framework. Aptly so, neurogenesis is stifled when toxins control your foundation. It’s a way of life folks, not a temporary solution.

Ivan Lovegren on Fit Fatherhood

Fatherhood means being there, being available, and letting your children know they can take chances because someone is in their corner.  I don’t always want to carry my sons. I want them to know I will be standing right next to them even when they slow down to a crawl. Giving the kids the support to get started and being present when they turn to you, even if they have to forge the way themselves, is what I believe defines a father. I hope someday my kids will return the parenting skills to their siblings.
Ivan Lovegren
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