Free! 5th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration

5th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration

Sunday, June 17th 10am to 12pm

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



– Empowering dads, father figures, families and kids –

On Father’s Day join us for a “fun-for-all” group exercise and health celebration with trainers Michelangelo Bance, Tiffani Jenkins, Conscious Crusade, Sofia Rodriguez (Glute Camp) and Z Sweat Dance and Fitness. Also enjoy Zumba, healthy snacks, fitness games, dynamic boxing by Coach T (Hard Training Club), an interactive playground and tunes from DJ Blinks. Win over $2,500 in prizes from Sean John, Modell’s, Yokohama, Vibram, Gym Source, SoulCycle, Live Nation, Striders, Thule and Road Runner Sports  by competing in the

Mr. Fit Father contest and female plank challenge.

All fitness levels and ages. Special tribute to hip hop fathers!

– Capoeira performance by RODA Movements and jump rope demo from Greenbelt SITY Stars –

*Groove & Flow yoga begins at 9:45am so please arrive by 9:30am

Special Auto Fit car show featuring active lifestyle vehicles from Mazda, Chrysler, Toyota, VW, Nissan and Kia!

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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. [Read more…]

PCRM: Vegetarian Diets Lower Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure Graphic print version (3)JAMA meta-analysis shows link between diet, hypertension

Study Highlights:

  • A meta-analysis of 21,604 people from 32 observational studies and 311 people from seven clinical trials shows a strong association between vegetarian diets and low blood pressure.
  • In observational studies, vegetarian diets are associated with blood pressure readings that are, on average, 7 mm Hg and 5 mm Hg lower for systolic and diastolic blood pressure, respectively.
  • The blood pressure reduction is independent of salt intake, overweight, and exercise levels.
  • A reduction of 5 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure leads to a 7 percent reduced risk of all-cause mortality, a 9 percent reduced risk of heart disease, and a 14 percent reduced risk of stroke.
  • Study participants who follow a vegetarian diet typically have higher fiber and potassium intakes, lower fat intakes, lower blood viscosity, and a lower BMI, compared to study participants who follow an omnivorous diet. [Read more…]

Power Foods for the Brain: A Fit Fathers Discussion with Dr. Neal Barnard

Are you losing your car keys a little too often these days or having memory lapses more frequently than before? Are you concerned that a serious memory problem like Alzheimer’s disease could be in your future? Financially, the condition is a disaster. Residential care and medical costs for a person with dementia can easily reach $70,000 annually. But the personal costs are incalculable.

IMG_4569Fit Fathers founder Kimatni D. Rawlins recently sat down with and interviewed the well-respected Dr. Neal Barnard, a clinical researcher and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) at his offices in Washington, DC. Fresh off a show tour with Dr. OZ and Ellen DeGeneres, Dr. Barnard discussed his new book “Power Foods for the Brain” which highlights key steps for preventing degenerative brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.  [Read more…]

Minted Fruit Kebabs

Minted Fruit Kebobs. Power Foods for the Brain. Foster Wiley

Fresh fruit makes a striking appearance in these antioxidant-rich kebabs. Enjoy them for a refreshing, light dessert! 4 kebabs

8 red or green grapes
4 large strawberries
4 1-inch-square cantaloupe chunks
4 1-inch-square honeydew chunks
4 1/2-inch-thick slices peeled kiwi
4 1-inch-square watermelon chunks
1/4 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 10-inch bamboo skewers

Thread 1 grape, 1 strawberry, 1 cantaloupe chunk, 1 honeydew  chunk, 1 slice kiwi, 1 watermelon chunk, and 1 more grape onto a skewer.  Repeat with the remaining fruit and skewers. Place the finished skewers in a shallow container. In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, lime juice, mint, and vanilla. Pour the marinade over the fruit kebabs, cover, and chill for at least 30 minutes (or up to 3 hours) in the refrigerator before serving. Per serving (1 kebab): 35 calories, 0.6 g protein, 8 g carbohydrate, 7 g sugar, 0.2 g total fat, 5% calories from fat, 1 g fiber, 5 mg sodium.

Recipe by Christine Waltermyer

Dr. Neal Barnard’s brain-boosting tip: Power up with blueberries and grapes. These “brain berries” get their deep colors from anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants shown to improve learning and recall in studies at the University of Cincinnati.

Grilled Eggplant Niçoise

Eggplant Nicoise. Power Foods for the Brain. Photo Credit Foster WileyThis simple Mediterranean sandwich makes an elegant lunch or a late-afternoon dinner. Serves 4

1/4 cup sliced pitted Niçoise olives or green olives

4 cloves garlic
1 large eggplant, sliced into thick slabs Juice of 4 lemons (about ½ cup)
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon dried lavender
1/2 teaspoon saffron
4 large slices French bread or sourdough bread, toasted
1 small fennel bulb, sliced
2 tomatoes, sliced [Read more…]