Fit Father Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots

Fatherhood has been amazing to me so far and I look forward to raising my child and strengthening the family bond. From Fit Father and husband responsibilities to playing on the field for the Patriots I have always approached every task with top leadership qualities. It’s been a joy watching my little girl grow and shine in just this first month. I’m eagerly anticipating my obligations along the way while showing her how to be a great and honorable individual.

2016 Race for Every Child 5K and Kids’ Dash

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On Saturday, October 1, at Freedom Plaza in downtown Washington, D.C., Children’s National Health System will host its fourth annual Race for Every Child 5K and Kids’ Dash. On this day, Pennsylvania Avenue is transformed into a village of family fun activities from fitness challenges to face painting. Children’s National touches the lives of nearly every child in our community. The Race for Every Child is an opportunity for the community to come together to have fun and help kids grow up stronger.

By supporting the Race for Every Child Fit Fathers is helping Children’s National raise critical funds to ensure that the nearly 220,000 children who it treats each year can receive the same level of world-class service and care, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

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Join us in helping Children’s National continue to provide specialized medical care, innovative treatments, and wellness and preventive services that children and families in this region—and around the world—so urgently need. Visit raceforeverychild.org to learn more and register for this year’s event, which includes a 5K run/walk, a Kids’ Dash, and a host of family-friendly activities.

Registration is now open at www.raceforeverychild.org. Participants can create or join a team, sign up as an individual, or participate virtually.

 Supporting Messages:

  • Proceeds from the 2016 Race will help fund specialized medical care, the development of innovative treatments for childhood diseases, and important wellness and preventive services to help kids grow up stronger.
  • Children’s National Health System touches the lives of nearly every child in our community. Last year alone, more than half a million children received treatment at Children’s National.
  • This year, the goal of the Race for Every Child is to raise $1.4 million, which will have a tremendous impact on children’s health, now and in the future.
  • The Race for Every Child offers something for everyone from serious runners to walkers with a 5K course, a Kids’ Dash for ages 3 through 10, and a host of family-friendly activities.

We hope to see you at the finish line!

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Damon Redmond on Fatherhood

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Being a father is one thing, but living the lifestyle of a Fit Father means so much more when it comes to raising energetic and healthy children. We are proud to be a part of the Fit Fathers movement which empowers dads of all nationalities and ages to take part in healthier living. Spearheaded by Kimatni Rawlins, the fatherhood platform keeps me accountable in relation to my family and I exercising and making positive choices.

Fit-Fathers-Damon-Redmond-FatherhoodI teach my children the importance of knowledge of self, honesty, building strong connections with family and close friends and living a nourishing and productive lifestyle. Life is not just about working and taking vacations. There comes a point when we have to realize what our priorities are and the impact they have on everything else important to us.

As I mature and witness my son and daughter develop and grow, it has become central to pay close attention to my eating and exercise habits so that I will be around longer to enjoy quality time with them and friends alike.

Fit Fathers is the beginning of something much greater than what it is today and I am personally excited to be a part of the journey.

Stay Active My Friends!!

Meet John Engler: From Smoker to Runner

Fit_Fathers_John_EnglerWelcome to the newfound health promoting world of John Engler, an Austin, Texas father of two who recently quit smoking and took up running after his son Jack asked for help in learning how to run. John obliged and in the process of striding with Jack they collectively learned to love the energizing fitness activity. Pretty soon up to 12 neighborhood kids and two other dads became involved for evening runs on Mondays and Wednesdays. Way to go John, and please do keep us posted on this amazing group.

Question for readers: Have you ever thought about organizing a group like this in your neighborhood? Well, as Nike would say, just do it. You just might be surprised at how many individuals will want to get out and kick it with you! Remember, stay active, eat clean and continue to energize your life!

Words by fit father Chris Anderson

James “The Beast” Wilson: Mix Martial Arts Fighter

SAMSUNG CSCBeing a part of the Fit Fathers movement is something that I take great pride in. My children see the amount of time and effort I put into training and it rubs off and inspires them. They now try to emulate the things that they have seen me do whether it’s push ups, sit ups, boxing, jogging or simply training others.

I think they see me leading by example, and in turn, they began picking it up.  Hopefully, by watching, it will benefit them firsthand as they carry it throughout their lives. It also provides them with many characteristics that some may not inherit until their teen years or later. SAMSUNG CSCMy children will be equipped with the concepts of mental toughness, consistency, discipline, accountability, and hard work. I didn’t have the luxury of a father molding me into what I am today.  When I look at my children I’m very grateful and blessed that I can be that example to teach them what I’ve always wished I had.  The great thing is, one day they will be able to pass along what they’ve learned onto their kids.  Knowing this is what makes be proud to be a “Fit Father.”

“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible.” (Anonymous)

James’s next Pro MMA fight is Friday March 28 at Commerce Casino for BAMMA – Badbeat 12

Sean McKoy, Film Director and Producer

Sean-McKoy_Fit-Fathers_Fit-Fatherhood“Fit Fathers” is not just a phenomenal movement, but a wake up call to all men with children! Every father in this world should cherish information and resources to help better themselves physically and mentally for their children.  The resources provided by FitFathers.com, which I have had the pleasure of experiencing consistently, helped shape my entire perspective on healthy eating, daily workouts, and the various misconceptions of food in general.  Moreover, fatherhood means the world to my two daughters and I. For the betterment of society, I hope dads all over the world join the movement; a movement that will bring us closer to our children by adapting healthier lifestyles.  One love!

Juan Barnett, Automotive Writer

Fit-Fathers_Juan-BurnettI was in good shape before my son came along, but not in the same way I am now. Being a part of the “Fit Fathers” movement is not just about maintaining a slim waistline or eating the right foods, there’s a mental component that shouldn’t be neglected. My boy and I will throw back a kale shake like it’s nobody’s business, but I also make sure to take time to reflect on the well-being of my wife and I.

Once a day I mediate, stretch, breathe and relax. It’s a complete package and isn’t easy. Kids at a young age are stressful, and stress can destroy you physically and mentally. The biggest challenge and reward has come from learning to deal with this stress. My family is my motivation, but not just to look good, but also to live a higher quality life dusk to dawn – it’s mental, physical and emotional. This is what Fit Fatherhood means to me!

Ryan E. Stewart, Sports Analyst

Fit-Fathers-Ryan-StewartI cannot think of two better reasons to make sure I’m a part of the Fit Fathers team. My two little men need me around to ascertain they grow into strong and focused men. Staying fit, eating healthy and teaching them the core fundamentals of life will assure me that opportunity. I want to thank Fit Fathers founder and former Georgia Tech Football roommate and teammate Kimatni D. Rawlins for his knowledge and wisdom, and more importantly, for being a true friend.  Stay blessed!

Marcellus “Dat Dude” Wiley: ESPN TV Analyst

Fit_Fathers_Marcellus_WileyHost of “Sportsnation” & “Max & Marcellus”

As a Fit Father, I share love and wisdom that truly strengthens the bond with my daughter.  We challenge each other in physical endeavors and with life lessons that bring us closer together while becoming teammates during the process.  She gains confidence with every goal and feels better about herself when each milestone is accomplished. A shared experience is ideal for her growth and development and being fit and healthy together affords us this opportunity.  I recommend that every dad  follows the Fit Fathers movement; it’s more than simply being active, it’s a lifelong relationship!

Twitter: @MarcellusWiley

Jaime Gabaldoni, Automotive Test Driver

Fit-Fathers-Jaimie-GabaldoniFor me, happiness has always been the main objective in life. With this ongoing quest I encounter countless forms of distractions which make it harder to achieve this simple but challenging purpose. However, after becoming a single father the objective remained the same, the impact was greater, and the journey was no longer a lonely one. The Fit Fathers lifestyle helps me focus on the greatest goal and has become the main example in life for my son Luca.

At the short age of 6, he understands the importance of exercising and practicing smart nutrition for a nourishing and blissful life. He is also aware of the impact a healthy lifestyle has on our world for future generations, not to mention being compassionate for all living creatures. So far we are having a great time practicing and enjoying as many outdoor activities as possible. I am constantly challenging Luca to escape his comfort zone and learn new skills that will help him build solid confidence. More importantly, I encourage him to keep it fun while navigating his own path to achieve happiness.