Mentoring Is Key To Their Success

Words by Kimatni Rawlins

Mentoring young black men is so fulfilling. Well, I mentor boys, girls, young men and young women from all ethnicities but special attention needs to be diverted to the black community. So I make it an “intention” to carve out time with my boys from the Paint Branch High School football team in Silver Spring, MD. This weekend was no different as I scooped up Amede, Garvin and Alfonse and headed to Great Falls Park to hike within the environs of Mother Nature. At 17 and headed to college, guidance in today’s America is far too important for each of them. From cultural awareness and police interaction to respecting women and learning about plant-based nutrition for their sports careers, the conversations are always educational. And being that I’m an active 45-year old Fit Father there is nothing they can do that I can’t do physically. Especially running! Most times I’m leading the pack since a healthy and fit lifestyle is what I’m known for. So I encourage more father figures, role models and potential mentors to step up to the plate and help our young men as often and consistently as possible. They need us! 

It’s easier to build strong children than to repair Broken MEN” – FREDRICK DOUGLASS

2018 GMC Sierra Denali 1500 4WD Crew Cab: American Made

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

I love it when a strong, authoritative pickup truck roles into the Automotive Rhythms driveway for a weekly evaluation. Suddenly your entire schedule and demeanor changes to mesh with the newfangled call to duty whether it’s yard work, hauling away fallen trees you chopped up, Home Depot runs to snag fresh work gear and tools, taking the snow blower in finally for maintenance, or rounding up the mountain bikes for a weekend of single tracks with your buddies. Yes, I did most of that with our 2018 Dark Slate Metallic GMC Sierra Denali 1500 4WD Crew Cab. Plus my daughters love when I escort them to school in a big, bad 4-wheeler. [Read more…]

2017 Silver Spring 5K Race: Run/Walk for Global Health

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The Silver Spring 5K Race will take place on Sunday April 9, 2017. The 5K Race will be followed by an Award Ceremony.

Race Benefit:

Proceeds from this race will benefit a local health and wellness organization doing great work in the community and globally. The name of the organization is The WellnessPlex Global Health Foundation. [Read more…]

News Channel 8: Let’s Talk Live About Fit Fathers Day

This Father’s Day there is something different and exciting for the entire family. Fit Fathers Day is a free fun-for-all fitness celebration, taking place in downtown Silver Spring, MD on Father’s Day. Today on “Let’s Talk Live”, we learned more about the event and its host organization from Kimatni Rawlins, Founder of the Fit Fathers Foundation. [Read more…]

Great Day Washington Welcomes the Fit Fathers Foundation

Thank you WUSA 9 for having Fit Fathers on Great Day Washington to discuss our 3rd Annual Fit Fathers Day Celebration in Downtown Silver Spring, MD Sunday June 19. We are highly appreciative of the opportunity. It was fun discussing health and working out with the kids on set. More event details at www.FitFathersDay.com.

Fox 5 DC Celebrates 3rd Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Event

The Fit Fathers Foundation had a great time on Fox 5 — Good Day DC — this morning with Wisdom Martin discussing the 3rd Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration Sunday June 19 in Downtown Silver Spring, MD. Come join us for a free, fun for all, family event with Baltimore Ravens’ Kyle Arrington, music artist Raheem DeVaughn and Fit Fathers Founder Kimatni Rawlins. More details at www.FitFathersDay.com.

All fitness levels and ages

Eat clean, stay active and energize your life. 

An Event to Benefit Pediatric Cancer and Promote Good Health

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Brought to you by Thule, Mazda, Toyota, Children’s Hospital Foundation, Volkswagen, Whole Foods, REI, Bose, DC Capital Striders, PCRM, Nissan, Mothers Car Care, The Washington Auto Show, Road Runner Sports and Yokohama Tires, the Father’s Day celebration has now spread beyond the Washington, D.C. area to Austin, Philadelphia, TX, Atlanta, South Jersey, Oakland, CA, Seal Beach, CA, Cincinnati, OH, North Carolina, Houston, New York City and San Diego, CA. Email InfoDesk@FitFathers.com for specific details on each Fit Fathers Day location.

4th Annual International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference

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Join Fit Fathers for the 4th annual Int’l Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference set for September 21-24, 2016 at the Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, California. Earn up to 24 CMEs and enjoy nine delicious plant-based meals, as you learn from luminaries like Dr. Ornish, Campbell, Esselstyn, Greger and many of the other leading experts in preventive, nutritional medicine.  With a keen focus on the evidence that supports the efficacy, learn the “How” of effectively integrating food as medicine into your practice.

Promoting whole food, plant-based nutrition as a therapeutic intervention to prevent, arrest and reverse disease is the greatest gift you can give to your patients—the gift of health, hope and healing.  It’s the prescription with only positive side effects!

Take advantage of introductory pricing that expires on May 9! Register now! For more information, visit http://pbnhc.com.  Questions? Write info@pbnhc.com or call (203) 594-1632.

Who should attend?

Physicians representing each and every practice specialty area, nurses and all allied health practitioners—those who are dedicated to empowering patients and clients with the ultimate prescription. Visit www.pbnhc.com, watch videos of last year’s attendees and faculty members, and register to be part of a medical education event that many have said was “life changing”— for themselves, for their families and for their medical practices and patients.

Conference Faculty

Learn from the leading experts and researchers about the preventive and healing power of plant-based nutrition. Speakers include:

Robynne Chutkan, MD, author of bestsellers Gutbliss and The Microbiome Solution. She has been on the faculty of Georgetown University Hospital since 1997 and is the founder of the Digestive Center for Women, an integrative gastroenterology practice that incorporates nutritional optimization as part of the therapeutic approach of digestive disorders.

Bharat Aggarwal, PhD, author of the bestseller Healing Spices is a Ransome Horne, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Cancer Research, Professor of Cancer Medicine, Professor of Immunology, Professor of Biochemistry and Professor of Experimental Therapeutics with the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Brenda Davis, RD has worked as a public health nutritionist, clinical nutrition specialist, nutrition consultant and academic nutrition instructor; she’s a leader in her field and internationally acclaimed speaker. The nine award-winning, bestselling books she’s co-authored have over 750,000 copies in print in eight languages.

William C. Roberts, MD has been editor in chief of the American Journal of Cardiology since 1982 and is executive director of the Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute of Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX. Having published over 1400 articles, authored or edited 24 books and lectured in over 2000 cities, he is the most prolific oral historian of cardiology in history.

With nearly 600 in attendance at last year’s event, we look forward to yet another exceptional medical education event, focused on the science that overwhelmingly supports the efficacy of whole food, plant-based nutrition in its ability to prevent, treat, and, often, reverse chronic and select autoimmune disease.

CME Accreditation

CME Accreditation for The International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference has been coordinated by Rush University Medical Center, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Rush University Medical Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity. For more information, visit the Faculty & Accreditation section at www.pbnhc.com.

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Location

The quality of the conference is reflected in the exceptional caliber of the host venue, the Anaheim Marriott, located in Anaheim, California. Arrive early or stay after the conference to take a trip to the beach, play at Disneyland or explore southern California. Learn from the leading experts and researchers about the preventive and healing power of plant-based nutrition.

Delicious, health-promoting, gourmet cuisine

The conference kicks off on Wednesday evening with the official Welcome Dinner, concluding on Saturday, following lunch. In all, nine delicious, chef-prepared plant-based meals are included in your conference registration, served at a venue that’s second to none.

On behalf of our entire Plantrician Project team, we look forward to seeing you in September in beautiful Southern California!

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2015 MORE Summer Festival

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Experienced by Kyle Ayoung

MORE’s Summer Festival at Rosaryville State Park in Upper Marlboro, MD was a spectacular, active family outing for mountain bike riders of all skill levels. My fellow Fit Father Shawn Ciers and I participated specifically in the Poker Ride, an 11-mile route through the park’s perimeter and interior trails. At each of the 5-way stations, riders drew a card from the deck as part of the competition. Riders with the top 5 poker hands won prizes.

Kia_Sorento_2015_MORE_Summer_FestivalThe state park was certainly worth an experience with fast and challenging, steep trails. After unloading the Kia Sorento our Trek MTBs were up for the winding twists and stimulating turns, while fun, up-hill points along the route provided a great endurance test for these Fit Fathers. MORE also hosted a youth ride and a skills competition for advanced riders.

It was an energizing and vibrant Sunday morning workout to kick off our days. We definitely found a new home for future riding.

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Win Elite Prizes and Swag at Fit Fathers Day!

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Join us for the 2nd Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration in Silver Spring, MD to win elite prizes from our sponsors. The Grand Prize winner of the Mr. Fit Father contest will receive a brand new set of tires from Yokohama. In addition, there will be fitness contests, fun games and family activities where the participants will receive an array of giveaways courtesy of City Sports, Soul Cycle, Bose Audio, Shoe City, Washington Sports Club, BMW and Mothers car care. How does a Bose sound dock, a complimentary month membership at WSC or three free cycle classes at Soul Cycle sound? In addition, Fit Fathers swag bags will be given to all participants so prepare to have an exciting time!

–It’s FREE —

RSVP at www.FitFathersDay.com

Sunday June 21st 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Silver Spring Civic Center, At Veterans Plaza
8525 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Presented by Mazda, Volkswagen, Children’s National, Wegmans and The Washington Auto Show

Mountain Biking with the Crew: A Fit Fathers Social Workout

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Words by Kimatni D. Rawlins / Vision by Henri Fisher

It was an amazing weekend with the Fit Fathers crew as we hit Schaeffer Farms Mountain Bike Park on hardtails in Gaithersburg, MD. Typically when a group of dudes get together to catch up it’s at a sports bar, club or a live game. Nothing is wrong with either if that’s your cup of tea. For me, I am happy to have broken free from habits that I no longer care for. In comparison to my old self I’d rather bike or hike within the natural mystic of life with my brothers and sisters while eating nuts and berries opposed to clubbing with baby ballers. Thus, it’s amazing how quickly enlightenment is ascertained when the path to purity is chosen. There are never any excuses for energizing your body incessantly.

We call them “Social Workouts” whereas a group of dads, moms, kids or friends of the family get together for an exercise-focused activity in an environment conducive for life enhancing socializing. Prior examples include running and hiking meet-ups at national parks and local high school tracks. This past Saturday seven Fit Fathers went out on what is to be the first of a cadre of planned mountain bike outings.  And for those who didn’t own a cycle we made a call to Race Pace in Columbia, MD and reserved a few of their rentals for $45 a day. Again, “no excuses” is our daily mantra. “This experience provided a great alternative to the regular routine of weekly gym workouts. Both physically and mentally challenging, the scenic path allowed us to truly appreciate both the power and beauty of nature,’ said Shawn Ciers. “Enjoying this time with fellow brothers that wanted to spend a Saturday morning greeting mother nature opposed to snoring in bed or playing video games made this outing and the conversations magnificent!” [Read more…]