2017 Fit Fathers Day Celebration: Lead by Example So Your Child Becomes The Example!

Words by Adrian McQueen & Kimatni Rawlins / Photos by Adrenaline Lifestyles, Fisher Concepts & On The Trak Photo

Fatherhood was achieved on Father’s Day and will follow suit each day henceforth with a continuous movement where Fit Fathers commune for the benefit of their kids. We share and learn from one another to enhance positive experiences for our families, friends and communities. For the 4th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration (FFD) life enhancement manifested once again in the form of festive and healthful activities.

Naturally, Father’s Day in the Maryland, DC and Virginia area was ignited the “Fit Fathers” way for the 4th year in a row with exercise, laughter, dance, music and fun. We bring dads and father figures together annually to demonstrate the importance of being health conscious and leading by example through positive, nutritional choices. Hype for the event was built from engaging social media campaigns and coverage from Fox 5 DC, News Channel 8, WUSA 9, CBS Radio, Radio One, SiriusXM, Black Enterprise and a host of other elite media outlets. Additionally, with $2,500 in prizes at stake for our fitness challenges, over 500 attendees came to the celebration ready for action which resulted in an eventful day.

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2017 Fit Fathers Day Celebration: Lead by Example

The Fit Fathers Foundation believes health, fitness and nutrition can help fathers live longer and challenges dads to eat clean, stay active and continuously energize their lives! Held at Veterans Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring, MD, fun-for-all group exercises with trainers Michelangelo Bance, Tiffani Jenkins, Styves Exantus and the Ravens’ Kyle Arrington motivated the crowd. New and enjoyable for this year was the Zumba experience by Z Sweat Dance and Fitness as well as Ray & Roze Zumba. Yoga was also led by 5 Sense Wellness 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.

Participants enjoyed fitness games, healthy snacks and water from Whole Foods, Kind Snacks Zico, Body Armor, screenings and health information from AAHP and giveaways from Thule, Yokohama, Nike, Bose, Road Runner Sports, Soul Cycle, Live Nation, Modell’s, Strider Bikes, Vibram and Mothers Car Care. The Fit Mom plank contest lasted 18 minutes while the Gym Source winner for Mr. Fit Father walked away with a set of Yokohama tires.

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 5th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration in 2018. We greatly appreciate our sponsors and partners who initially recognized the vision and helped bring FFD to fruition. As well, a very special thank you is in order for all patrons and volunteers who attended and participated.

FFD is possible due to the amazing contributions from our partners and sponsors such as Thule, Mazda, Volkswagen, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Whole Foods Market, Nike, Bose, DC Capital Striders, Nissan, The Washington Auto Show, Road Runner Sports, Strider Bikes, Kind Snacks, Soul Cycle, Yokohama Tires and Meatless Monday. The success of Fit Fathers Day sits with supporters of the movement so recognition must go out to the community partners including Modell’s Sporting Goods, Gym Source, Body Armor, Greenbelt S.I.T.Y. Stars, Men’s Health Network, Z Sweat Dance and Fitness, The WellnessPlex, Ray & Roze Zumba, 5 Sense Wellness, WAPA, Kaiser Permanente, Powerful Beyond Measure, PanLara, Zico, Daddy’s Cool, Hip Hop Fathers, African American Health Program, Live Nation, Mocha Moms, Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Police, Higher Level Basketball, Vibram, SWEAT DC, 1 Up Handles, The Streetwize Foundation, Downtown Silver Spring, Visit Montgomery County, Road Crew Clusters, Make Smart Cool, Great Kids Events, Mothers Car Care, Healthy Life and Soul, LLC and The Department of Environmental Protection.

In addition, much love and respect is directed to our auto sponsors for assisting in making this event a success. It was only right that Fit Fathers Day included some Automotive Rhythms flavor in the form of an active lifestyle vehicle showcase including a Deep Blue Pearl 2017 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve edition, Mazda CX-5, 2018 VW Atlas Limited and Toyota Tacoma.

Last year’s FFD was unique as we helped elevate awareness for 13-year old Journey Butler and other families battling pediatric cancer. Journey participated in the previous Fit Fathers Day events with her Double Dutch Team aka Greenbelt S.I.T.Y. Stars. Sadly, Journey passed away and in memoriam Journey’s family started #JourneyToHappiness to assist and encourage people against the lethal opposition of sickle cell trait. The nonprofit Journey to Happiness Movement was founded in order to advocate for sickle cell trait (SCT) carriers and to make the sickle cell community aware of the urgent health concerns associated with being a carrier. SCT is directly associated with Renal Medullary Carcinoma, the cancer that Journey succumbed to. National Ambassadors Jason McCourty and Devin McCourty of the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots also focus their attentions on sickle cell disease. “We have seen first hand the devastating effects of sickle cell on family members and we are choosing to use our platform to help families in similar situations,” said Jason. “This is something very personal to us and we’re thrilled to continue working with Embrace Kids Foundation,” added Devin. The Fit Fathers positive message is spreading among the lives of many.

FFD was also hosted by national ambassador Kyle Arrington who is a cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens and has earned a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. He is married and has two sons named Kyle Jr. and Kaden. Off the field he’s a family guy who dedicates success to his wife and kids including the addition of a new baby boy.

Fit Fathers spearheaded movements in numerous cities last year outside of the DMV by partnering with health leaders to produce the Father’s Day celebration. This year was no different as events also took place in Atlanta, Cincinnati and Philadelphia.

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.

4th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration: Silver Spring, MD

— Empowering dads, father figures, families and children —

Sunday June 18th 10am to 12pm

— FREE —

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

— workout begins at 10am and the yoga warmup at 9:30am —

On Father’s Day join us for a “fun-for-all” group exercise with trainers Michelangelo Bance, Tiffani Jenkins, Styves Exantus and the Ravens’ Kyle Arrington. Also enjoy fitness games, Zumba by Z Sweat Dance and Fitness and Ray & Roze Zumba, healthy snacks, yoga led by 5 Sense Wellness, an interactive playground and music from DJ Blinks and PanLara steel drum. Attendees can compete for over $2,500 in prizes from Nike, Bose, Road Runner Sports, Modell’s, Soul Cycle, Strider Bikes, Thule, Live Nation, Yokohama Tires and Vibram in the Mr Fit Fathers, Fit Mom, Fit 50+ and Fit Kid contests. Also the reigning 2-time Mr. Fit Father, James Paul Swink, will be back to defend his Gym Source title against any takers of the grand prize.

Hosted by Fit Fathers Founder Kimatni D. Rawlins

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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.

Here’s how they put the latest nutrition science into everyday practice:

Fit Father’s Day Tip No. 1: Schedule a physical. Routine check-ups and exams let you catch problems, like borderline high cholesterol, a few extra pounds, and elevated blood pressure, before they morph into larger issues—like the early stages of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

If you haven’t booked a physical, make an appointment today and talk to your children about hereditary risk factors for disease that run in the family. The good news is DNA isn’t destiny. For example, one-third of all cancers can be prevented with a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Fit Father’s Day Tip No. 2: Eat your greens. Consume at least one leafy green vegetable each day, which helps stabilize blood sugar. For an extra boost, aim for a few cups of raw leafy greens to slash type 2 diabetes risk and to extend cognitive function as your body ages.

If you’re not sure where to start, pick up Swiss chard, arugula, and mesclun, which help to improve oxygen circulation throughout the body more efficiently than any other salad green. Other good picks include celery, collards, green beans, kale, and spinach. By loading up with greens, you’ll have more energy to do the things you love, whether it’s playing a game of pick-up basketball, taking your family on a hike, or helping your kids with their chemistry homework. Asparagus, broccoli, zucchini, and parsley are other green veggies that help the body break down atherosclerotic plaque and support healthy blood flow.

Fit Father’s Day Tip No. 3: Swap seasoning for potato chips. Those nicely packaged snack packs—whether it’s cookies, candy, or chips—look easy to pick up and throw into lunches, but these packaged items often contain surprisingly high amounts of sodium, sugar, and empty calories.

To satisfy cravings for a crunchy treat, you can pair plain popcorn with a few pinches of Himalayan sea salt and Vegit (no oil or butter). Your kids won’t know the difference, but you’ll slash their saturated fat intake in half. Kale chips are delicious, too.

In addition to planning healthful snacks in advance, one of the best things you can do for your family is to set up your kitchen so that the healthiest choice is the easiest choice. Start by preassembling to-go bags of healthful snacks, which can fit into lunches, sports bags, desk drawers, and car consoles. When all else fails, pick up extra apples and bananas—which Dr. Neal Barnard refers to as the ultimate fast food.

Fit Father’s Day Tip No. 4: Like lycopene. Prostate cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in American men, falling behind lung cancer and colorectal cancer. Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is also the most common. In addition to maintaining a healthy body weight and staying active, you can further slash prostate cancer risk by filling up with fruits and veggies. A plant-based vegan diet reduces prostate cancer risk by 35 percent.

One way to increase intake of these disease-fighting foods is to start by adding lycopene, an antioxidant associated with reduced prostate cancer risk, to your diet. Lycopene is bundled in tomatoes, grapefruit, watermelon, and guava. To double lycopene’s bioavailability, heat it up. Stewed tomatoes and pasta sauce are great options.

Fit Father’s Day Tip 5: Befriend beans. Plant proteins—think lentils, beans, and peas—are packed with fiber, a nutrient exclusive to plant foods. Fiber escorts toxins and other unwanted compounds from your body. It also sends a signal to your brain that you’re full. Aim for at least 40 grams of fiber a day. The average American consumes just 15 to 16 grams of daily fiber. Especially good sources include bean chili, bean-based dips, salads with beans, and vegetable stir-fry dishes with black beans, bold spices, and BBQ tofu.

Want to learn more? Follow the conversation online at #FitFathersDay, #PlantBasedRx, and #MensHealthMonth.

Cali Roots Kicks Off First Ever Fun Run with Fit Fathers

With all the dancing and moving, it is no secret that festivals can wear down on the body. Thus, the Cali Roots Fun Run inspired festival goers to nurture their bodies but still have great times over the weekend.

It was a beautiful runner’s morning along the coastal trail of Monterey, CA with Fit Fathers and Fleet Feet’s Run Crew to kick off Day 2 of the 2017 California Roots Music and Arts Festival. After meeting at the run shop we ran a refreshing 5 miles to scenic Lover’s Point where life feels timeless. After the energizing run showgoers were treated to organic fruit and steel cut oatmeal to nourish and ready them for the fun-filled day of music ahead. It’s a movement that consists of healthful habits and activities right before all the festival magic begins. Now it’s time to enjoy the explosive sounds of Protoje, Tribal Theory, Yellowman and of course the King of Queens aka Nas!

“We were excited to offer our first ever fun run,” stated Co-Producer Dan Sheehan. “Fit Fathers approached us with the idea with Fleet Feet, so we felt this was a great addition to the Cali Roots vibe and thankful for our attendees and community who participated.”

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Cali Roots Fun Run in Monterey, CA

Cali Roots fans please join us for an energetic fun run and meet-up for 30 or 60 minutes (at your own pace) before the musical vibrations of the festival begin. Trot along with our run leader along the beautiful coastal trail towards Lover’s Point. Enjoy free drinks, fruit and an oatmeal bar with all the fixings at 9:30 am after the run. As always walkers are also welcome at Fleet Feet.

PRESENTED BY:

Fit Fathers & The Saturday Monterey Run Crew

SATURDAY MAY 27TH at 8:30AM

Fleet Feet Monterey
472 Alvarado St.
Monterey, CA

RSVP = https://californiarootsfestival.com/cali-roots-fun-run

Let’s Rise Wellness Program by Westin Hotels & Resorts

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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.

Chickpea Tacos

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Meatless Monday Movement Celebrates Earth Day

This Saturday, April 22, is Earth Day, an annual event to honor our planet we call home. For those who want to make a positive difference on the environment this week, and every week of the year, there’s an easy delicious way: join the Meatless Monday movement. Meatless Monday is a grassroots movement organized and promoted by advocates around the world who inspire individuals, schools, restaurants and even entire governments to get involved. Currently, there are home-grown initiatives in more than 40 countries, pledging to “one day a week, cut out meat” for their health and the health of the planet.

Earth Day turns 47 years old this year and now more than ever we need to join our efforts to achieve the United Nations’ 2015 Climate Change Conference (COP21) goal: to limit the increase in emissions by 2050 to less than two percent. But even with successful changes from energy and transportation sectors, this goal cannot be met—unless everyone also decreases meat consumption. Nearly 15% of global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions are due to production of meat, dairy, and eggs. In many countries, meat consumption is an indicator of wealth; consequently, as incomes rise, the intake of meat and dairy is also rising across the globe.

That’s why there’s no better time to join the Meatless Monday movement. These global climate changes – from Greenland’s melting ice sheet to rising sea levels threatening the islands of Kiribati, India – continue to be in the headlines. And a major contributor to many of these ecological harms is meat consumption, which is projected to double by 2050, as more developing countries adopt a Western meat-centric diet and the overall world population rises.

This Earth Day, countless schools, restaurants and civic communities around the world are doing their part to turn back the clock on global warming and its innumerable ills. By joining the Meatless Monday movement, you’re signaling your willingness to fight for health: the health of both you and the planet.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas: Active, On-The-Go Family Style

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