Fit Fathers, Inc: Fit Fathers is a 501c3 tax exempt, not-for-profit corporation that educates and activates through engaging information on positive health, fitness tips and guidelines, nourishment strategies and overall wellness. Fit Fathers enlightens fathers with platforms for eating whole, nutritional foods and incorporating stimulating activity in their daily regimen, while encouraging them to lead their families to healthier lifestyle habits. Dads who exercise consistently, eat well and energize their physique can live longer and live stronger!
Mission: To provide dads with the tools needed to engage their family in fitness, positive wellness and healthy living while celebrating the true meaning of fatherhood. “Stay active, eat clean and continue to energize your life” is our life enhancing mantra.
Vision: Offer continuous education on the benefits of an overall healthy lifestyle which is key. Awareness of chronic diseases causation and the need for daily exercise is becoming more apparent as cellular degeneration strikes faster due to a S.A.D diet, lethargic attitudes and habitual work cycles over family and personal cycles.
In today’s technologically-driven society, where never-ending work demands and over-connectivity have become the “new normal,” health, nutrition, quality family interaction and exercise are being neglected. Fast food, sodas, gaming and digital communication have supplanted home-cooked meals, adventurous family vacations, reading, direct personal communication and active living. With this wave of mass digital confusion and lack of healthy living, kids, for the first time, are expected to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.
It’s a reality the founder of Fit Fathers, Kimatni D. Rawlins, knows all too well. Like so many other men with demanding careers and thriving businesses he had succumbed to the unhealthy eating and inactivity that characterizes today’s American lifestyle despite his stellar athletic background during high school and college that included playing running back for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. About six years ago, the 42-year-old husband and father of two young girls literally added a new gear when he embarked on a life-enhancing journey to transform him and his family.
Determined to break his own SAD (Stand American Diet) routine, Rawlins began engrossing himself in research on food, biology, degenerative disease prevention and fitness. Naturally, his active lifestyle spilled over to his family and, pretty soon, fruit, vegetables and nuts replaced junk food, bike rides and 5K races typified family fun time.
But Rawlins was not satisfied with just improving his and his family’s lives. He began organizing “social workouts” for relatives and friends, as well as for business colleagues as he traveled to various cities for Automotive Rhythms. Driven by his belief that running is the core of any sport or fitness routine, Rawlins also encouraged them to participate in the 5K and 10K races that were becoming staples for himself and his family, in addition to instituting 45 minutes or more of daily exercise.
Healthy eating is another core belief for the fit father. “The anatomy of the human body and brain are both complex, but their requirements are simple,” Rawlins says. “Every single day eat a few pieces of fruit, numerous servings of cruciferous veggies like spinach, broccoli and kale and roots vegetables such as sweet potatoes, choose lemon water over sodas or processed fruit drinks, replace enriched white foods with whole grains (brown rice and quinoa), eliminate dairy and reduce or discontinue meat consumption,” he advises.
Following the tutelage of Neal Barnard, Joel Fuhrman, John A. McDougall, T. Colin Campbell, Matthew Lederman, Rip Esselstyn, and many more who believe that eating fresh, whole foods (plants, fruits, whole grains, legumes) is the best dietary methodology for human consumption.
“The Fit Fathers movement has literally changed many who follow us and we wanted to widen our reach even further,” explains Rawlins. “We are not just a movement satisfied with telling you what’s wrong; we are absolutely committed to empowering fathers with life-enhancing solutions.”
And that message has resonated loudly, even within the automotive industry where Rawlins has distinguished himself for nearly two decades. “I love to run, especially when it’s with friends and colleagues,” chimes in John Krafcik,President & CEO, Google, Self Driving Car. “It’s been really rewarding to see how far Kimatni has come with his running and overall fitness – he can now run rings around me and has provided me with the needed inspiration to stay active, eat well and energize myself. Congrats to Kimatni and Fit Fathers!”
With statistics showing that over a third of children in the United States are obese and recent studies suggesting that fathers have the most influence over what children eat and what they do, Rawlins says “the time has never been better for Fit Fathers to manifest.” Instead of rewarding kids with popsicles and cupcakes, Fit Fathers advocates giving them the fruits and nuts that nourish their growing bodies. “Ultimately, nutritional eating, a conscious focus on overall wellness and regular exercise will keep us all breathing easy, running further, swimming faster, cycling longer and laughing harder,” Rawlins says. “So stay active, eat well and energize your life!”
About Kimatni D. Rawlins
Along with his cousin Vince Rawlins, the nation’s fastest hurdler, Rawlins won state titles in track and field in 1992, the same year he also led his high school football team to a conference title and a spot in the Group Championship. Going on to play running back at N.C. State and Georgia Institute of Technology, Rawlins received a degree in business marketing with a minor in economics. He shed 50 pounds through daily workouts and a plant-based diet to regain his high school weight of 200 pounds. Today, the married father of two young daughters girls is a certified trainer as well as an eCornell.com plant-based nutrition graduate who enjoys running, mountain biking, hiking, obstacle course competitions, boxing, basketball, yoga and spin classes. Rawlins competes in a few races — including 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons and indoor track meets — monthly and logs roughly 30 miles a week on foot.
A Word from Fit Fathers
Health, fitness, nutrition and overall wellness are priorities for the extension of life. To achieve the balance of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients our bodies need, we must eat nutritional foods from the earth daily. In addition, whole foods help us function appropriately, perform sustainably and effectively fight off the onset of degenerative diseases such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and more. Regular exercise is also vital. Just as the human body needs food and sleep, it also requires an active lifestyle to maintain muscle mass, strengthen bones, balance blood sugar, stabilize weight, circulate blood, jump-start metabolism and much more. So eat clean, stay active and continue to energize your life.
On Social Media
Fit Fathers advice on transitioning to a healthier path, research on the benefits of daily activity, recipes and workout routines can be followed through social media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr, Google+ and LinkedIn, under the auspices of FitFathers or Kimatni Rawlins.