Our Mindfulness Message

Fit Fathers is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit corporation that educates and activates through engaging information on positive health habits, fitness tips, nourishment strategies, and complete wellness. We enlighten families with platforms for eating nutritional foods and incorporating stimulating activity in their daily regimen while encouraging lifestyle enhancement. Dads who exercise consistently and eat clean can live longer and more robust.

Our Mission

To provide fathers, mentors, and role models with the tools needed to involve their families in fitness pursuits, integrated wellness strategies, and smart living while celebrating the true meaning of fatherhood. “Stay active, eat clean, and energize your life” is our transformative mantra.

Our Vision

Awareness of chronic disease causation is becoming more apparent as cellular degeneration is striking faster due to a Standard American Diet (S.A.D.), lethargic attitudes, and habitual work cycles that have overshadowed family interaction and self-care. Fit Fathers’ edifying movement reaches its goal by educating urban dwellers with the message of sustainability related to human health, physical fitness, and aspirational achievements. The foundation accomplishes this by offering continuous instruction on the benefits of an overall wholesome lifestyle.

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Improve Family Lifestyle

Today we live in a technologically-driven society where incessant work demands and over-connectivity have become the new norm. Takeout, sodas, gaming, the Internet, and digital communication have supplanted cooked meals, adventurous activities, mindful reading, direct contact, and active living. With this threatening wave of societal confusion and negative patterns, today’s kids — for the first time — are expected to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. Health, fitness, nutrition, and wellness are priorities for the extension of life. To achieve the balance of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients our bodies demand, we must eat nutritiously to fight the onset of degenerative diseases such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and more.

It’s a reality the founder of Fit Fathers, Kimatni D. Rawlins, knows all too well. Like so many with demanding careers and thriving businesses, he had succumbed to the harmful consumption and inactivity that characterizes today’s American lifestyle despite an athletic background that included running back for Georgia Tech. Yet, in 2010, the husband and father of two young girls added another gear when he embarked on a life-enhancing journey to permanently transform himself. Determined to break his S.A.D. routine, Rawlins began researching the biology of macro and micronutrients, degenerative disease prevention, and fitness techniques. Naturally, his newfangled way of life spilled over to his wife and teen daughters, and pretty soon, fruit, vegetables, and nuts replaced junk while bike rides and 5Ks typified family fun time.

Healthy Eating And Social Workouts With Friends And Relatives

But Rawlins was not satisfied with just improving their lives. He began organizing “social workouts” for relatives and friends and business colleagues as he traveled to various cities on business. Driven by his belief that running is the core of any sport or routine, Rawlins encouraged them to participate in the races that were becoming staples, in addition to instituting 60-minute daily exercise routines. Healthy eating is another core belief for the Fit Father. “The human body and brain’s anatomy are both complex, but their requirements are simple,” Rawlins says. “Every day eat fruit, cruciferous veggies (spinach, broccoli, and kale), opt for root vegetables such as Japanese sweet potatoes, drink lemon water and herbal teas, replace enriched white ingredients with whole grains, eliminate dairy, and reduce or discontinue meat consumption,” he advises.

Following the tutelage of plant-based physicians, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. John A. McDougall, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, and Dr. Matthew Lederman, Fit Fathers also believes that eating fresh and whole foods is the best dietary methodology. “The Fit Fathers movement has changed the lives of thousands who follow our pathways, yet we endeavored to widen our reach even further,” explains Rawlins. “We are not just a movement satisfied with telling you what’s wrong; we are committed to empowering fathers with life-enhancing solutions.” And that message has resonated loudly, even within the automotive industry where Rawlins had distinguished himself for nearly three decades. “I love to jog, especially when it’s with friends and colleagues,” chimes in John Krafcik, C.E.O. of Waymo. “It’s been gratifying seeing how far Kimatni has come with his running and fitness – he can now sprint rings around me and has provided the necessitated inspiration for continuous energy. Congrats to Kimatni and Fit Fathers!”

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Stay Active, Eat Well And Energize Your Life!

With statistics showing that 17% of children in the United States are obese and recent studies suggesting that fathers have the most influence over what children eat and how they interact, the time has never been better for Fit Fathers to activate,” Rawlins continued. “Instead of rewarding kids with popsicles and cupcakes, Fit Fathers advocates fruits and nuts to nourish their growing bodies. Ultimately, nutritional eating, a conscious focus on wellness, and regular exercise will keep us all breathing easy, running farther, swimming faster, cycling longer, and laughing harder.”

About Kimatni D. Rawlins

Along with his cousin Vince Rawlins, the nation’s fastest high school 110-hurdler, Rawlins won state titles in track and field in 1992. That same year he also led his football team to a conference title and a spot in the Group Championship. Going on to play running back at N.C. State and Georgia Institute of Technology, Rawlins received a degree in Business Marketing with a minor in Economics. He shed 50 pounds through daily workouts and a plant-based diet to regain his teen weight of 205 pounds. Today, the married father of two young daughters is a lifestyle coach and an eCornell.com plant-based nutrition graduate who enjoys every form of physical activity.

A Word From Fit Fathers

Health, fitness, nutrition, and comprehensive wellness are priorities for the extension of life. To achieve the balance of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients our bodies require, we must eat nutrients that heal instead of destroying. Whole foods help us function vigorously, perform sharply, and fight off the onset of degenerative diseases such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, etc. Regular exercise is also vital. Just as the human body needs oxygen and sleep, it also requires activity to maintain muscle mass, strengthen bones, balance blood sugar, stabilize weight, circulate blood, and jump-start the metabolism, to name a few.

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Fit Fathers’ methods can be followed through social media at FacebookInstagram, YouTube, and Flickr.

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