6 Fun Ways to Stay Active with Your Kids this Summer

Summer vacation is both a blessing and a curse. Although we cherish every extra moment we get to spend with our children, at the same time, we’re tasked with coming up with new and creative ways to keep them entertained. Nobody wants to be the parent whose kids are stuck inside all summer, staring at a screen. If you need some inspiration for how to encourage a healthy, happy lifestyle, here are 6 different ways the whole family can stay active and entertained. [Read more…]

Snow Day Workout: Fit Fathers

On snow days Fit Fathers take their kids and friends sledding to burn calories, have fun and create family memories. Then we MAKE them nutritious lunches featuring salads, lentils and brown rice, steamed broccoli, roasted potatoes and sliced mangos to snack on. It’s a lifestyle.

Mindful Habits for Positive Family Change in 2019

Rightfully so my last workout of 2018 took place with my 12-year old vegan warrior by my side emulating me stride for stride. When 2019 hit we picked up where we left off and went for a 4-mile nature run and some ab work. So the societal goal is to continue influencing our children with life enhancing habits such as daily exercise, mindfulness, releasing positive energy into the universe and clean eating with a focus on plants, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds. And before you know it your kids will be encouraging you to go for a hike or suggesting herbal tea over coffee and water over sugary drinks. It’s a beautiful thing when you reach healthful enlightenment as a family unit. So here are my top suggestions for elevational change in the new year. [Read more…]

Sanctity of Life: The Recipe for Aging Gracefully

My goal in life is to meet and spend quality time with as many beautiful souls as possible such as 80-year family friend George Maggot from St. Helena Island off the coast of West Africa. In London he invited me over for a home cooked veggie lunch that he prepared singlehandedly, a stroll in the garden park and life conversations to appease both our spirits. George walks a few miles daily, eats one main meal a day (mainly veggies and legumes), nibbles on fruits and nuts, maintains  a strong social life, tends to the garden a few hours a day, volunteers his time to help his neighbors and continues to travel to places like his second home in Ghana where he spent 40 years.

I do believe my soul gravitates more towards elders and wise men and women who understand my path deeper than the majority. I am humbled and grateful to be blessed with opportunities that continuously allow me to learn and experience. Thank you George!

-Kimatni D. Rawlins

 

 

Lead by Example so your Child Becomes the Example!

Lead by example so your child becomes the example! Fit Father Kimatni D Rawlins ran 3 miles with his teen earlier in the day then took his youngest on a 2-mile trail run when she returned from sports camp. Running has created a tighter bond and level of competition for them as a unit. Feels good! #FitFathers #RunFree

Styves Exantus on Fit Fatherhood

A Fit Father means being both the teacher and the student. One day my daughter stated, “you don’t know what it’s like as a kid!” We were in disagreement about a topic and that statement made a major imprint in my mind. I was born in 1983, my daughter was born in 2006 and my son was born in 2017. We will all experience different social trends, advancements in technology, job markets, education, etc. Now, my mindset is learning what it is like to be a kid in 2018 and help her be successful and create characteristics that will be impactful in today’s society. My son will go through a different world when he is 5, 10 and 15 than we all did. Specific moral codes will remain law but the way they move will change and vary differently in comparison to the generation before them.

As Fit Fathers we know that we are teachers, providers and protectors, but continuously learning about the world our kids are living in will be an ongoing journey. My children will look to me for guidance and I will look to them for understanding of the daily triumphs and tribulations they face. Together we will keep each other growing.

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EJ Kaku on Fit Fatherhood

When I ponder on what it means to be a Fit Father I think of the word “serve.” Serve, like “love” has so many connotations such as being present when your children take their first step. Other shining examples include offering words of wisdom, taking care of them when they are ill, holding them tightly during hard times and celebrating during good times. Fathers offer so much value within the family structure, yet the greatest asset for each is to be a shining example.

When we serve we are setting the bar high in a positive manner and that is what leaders do. Being a great leader for your family will do so much for your children. You may not know it but they watch everything that we do and strive to be just like us. Leading by example will allow them to carry your life lessons into their own character traits.  Yes, every dad should be a leader and a server.

EJ Kaku, 5 Star Nutrition Moody AFB

 

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.

Acclaimed Journalist Lisa Ling in Vietnam with Globe Aware

I have been wanting to find the right volunteer tour company for a while and Globe Aware did not disappoint. They customized a program that suited the ages of our kids (there were 6 in all between 4 1/2 and 10). We worked on a couple of different projects that really allowed the kids to learn about the culture and needs of people living in challenged circumstances. We worked very hard but the best part was that we all had so much fun. That’s the motto of Globe Aware: Have fun. Help People. And that’s exactly what we did. I highly recommend using them if you’re looking to do something similar. I suggest going with a couple of families because it makes the experience so much more fun. It’s been worth every penny. I’m hoping to be able to do this every year.

Lisa Ling, March 2018 [Read more…]

Raising Boys Into Extraordinary Young Men

By Dr. Monica Hawkins
For years, numerous parents, teachers, and coaches asked what I was doing special to raise my son. This book is my blueprint that I used to raise my son to be an articulate, self-confident, intelligent and extraordinary young man and leader.  I want to inspire other parents to raise their sons with similar attributes to my son who was taught to be extraordinary from the moment he was born. Purchase here.
Dr. Hawkins is a wife, mother, sports fan and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.  She has been a mentor, tutor, coach, and motivational speaker to numerous youngsters.  Dr. Hawkins earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from George Mason University, a Master of Public Health degree from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University.