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

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– 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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Anatomy of a Hot Dog

What’s in a hot dog, and why does it pose serious health risks? By Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

  • Nitrates and Nitrites produce carcinogenic compounds. They also cause the hardening of arteries and may increase risk of diabetes.
  • Heme Iron is related to the formation of N-nitroso compounds that may lead to colorectal cancer.
  • Heterocyclic Amines (HCAs) are carcinogens formed by cooking and grilling at high temperatures.
  • Saturated Fat and Cholesterol lead to LDL deposits in arteries, causing narrowing and blockage which can result in heart attacks or strokes.
  • Salt is linked to both high blood pressure and stomach cancer.
  • Trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) is a chemical compound that increases the risk of heart disease.

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A Plant-Based Diet Boosts Physical Health and Emotional Well-Being, According to New GEICO Study

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Workplace Wellness Program Alleviates Anxiety, Depression, Fatigue

18-week plant-based dietary intervention program boosts employee productivity, while alleviating symptoms of anxiety, depression, and fatigue, according to a study published in the March/April issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion. Researchers with the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine placed GEICO employees with a BMI of 25 or above, or who were previously diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, on a low-fat, low-glycemic, high-fiber vegan diet.

Study participants experienced overall productivity and measurable improvements in anxiety, depression, fatigue, and general health, according to the 36-Item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36) and the Work Productivity and Activity Impairment Questionnaire (WPAI).Study participants also lost an average of 10 pounds, lowered LDL cholesterol by 13 points, and improved blood sugar control, if they had type 2 diabetes.

Healthful vegan options, including vegetable hummus sandwiches, seasonal leafy green salads, and black bean chili, were available in employee cafeterias. Because the four-month menu featured a variety of fruits and vegetables, it was rich in vitamins and minerals. Study participants favored healthful carbohydrate-rich foods, including brown rice, steel cut oats, and rye bread, which help regulate serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin helps control mood. Weekly “lunch-and-learn” sessions enabled employees to acquire new cooking skills and learn about disease-fighting foods.

“The same foods that curb the risk for obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, may help boost overall mood,” notes study author Neal Barnard, M.D. “In the evolving landscape of neurological research, a plant-based diet may help in treating symptoms of anxiety and depression.” The study authors also hypothesize that when individuals improve their physical health, they may become more physically and socially active, increasing their mood and overall quality of life. “Helping employees improve their health through a plant-based dietary intervention is a win-win situation for employees and the company,” notes Dr. Barnard. “Who doesn’t want to feel great, increase energy, and maximize productivity in the process?”

The study comes at a time when obesity affects 35 percent of U.S. adults, resulting in annual health care costs that are $1,429 higher per person than those of a normal weight. Lost productivity costs for obesity are $73 billion each year. Depression also has a major impact, affecting 9.5 percent of the adult population, accounting for $83 billion in lost productivity each year.

For an interview with Dr. Barnard or with Dr. Agarwal, please contact Jessica Frost at jfrost@pcrm.org or 202-527-7342.

About Neal Barnard, M.D.:

Neal Barnard, M.D., is a clinical researcher, author, president and founder of the Physicians Committee, and an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Barnard develops dietary components for several workplace wellness programs, including GEICO, PEPCO, Capitol One, and Whole Foods Health Starts Here.

About Ulka Agarwal, M.D.:

Ulka Agarwal, M.D., is the lead physician and psychiatrist at California State University, East Bay. Dr. Agarwal is the former chief medical officer for the Physicians Committee and a graduate of Dr. Andrew Weil’s Integrative Medicine Fellowship through the University of Arizona.

Metals of Concern in Common Multivitamins

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Dietary supplements are big business: Forty percent of Americans take vitamin and mineral supplements, contributing to a $30-billion-a- year industry. However, many are unaware that these products can contain more than twice the amount of iron and copper recommended for an entire day. Research studies have linked these trace metals to brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease. While trace metals are necessary for health— iron for hemoglobin and copper for enzyme function—they are double-edged swords, becoming toxic, or even fatal in excess. At even modestly elevated levels, iron and copper have been associated with impaired cognition, and both end up in the brain of people with Alzheimer’s disease. A study of more than 1,450 people in San Diego showed that those who perform highest on cognition tests have the lowest levels of copper and iron in their bloodstream. [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…]