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.

Family Fun & Fitness at Fit Fathers Day

Kristen and Andi from WUSA 9’s Great Day Washington discuss the overall health commitment for the whole family with Fit Father’s founder Kimatni D. Rawlins. As we honor Men’s Health Month and Father’s Day, the Fit Fathers Day event brings families together to celebrate healthy lifestyles.

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, Thule, Yokohama, Gym Source, SoulCycle, Live Nation, Vibram, Striders and Road Runner Sports by competing in the

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

RSVP @ www.FitFathersDay.com

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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

Register

– 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!

 

A special thank you to Fit Fathers’ Radio One media partner known on the air as Majic, Praise and WKYS!

 


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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…]