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Fit Fathers Day Whips Families into Shape

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Father and son at #FitFathersDay

Group exercise routines, dancing, double dutch teams, fitness contests, smiles and laughter accurately depicts what took place at the 2nd Annual Fit Fathers Day (FFD) celebration. Typical Father’s Day ideas consist of brunches or cookouts so the Fit Fathers team decided to shake things up a bit. We brought the celebration back to Veterans Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring, MD from 10 am to Noon, still leaving time for families to go along with their regularly scheduled plans. Fit Fathers, DaddysCool.com and Powerful Beyond Measure came together to show fathers the importance of being health conscious and leading by example through positive, nutritional choices. The Fit Fathers Foundation believes health, fitness and nutrition can help fathers live longer and challenges all dads to eat clean, stay active and continuously energize their lives!

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Ladies plank contest winner and family

An energetic Social Workout was led by Fit Fathers’ founder Kimatni Rawlins, celebrity trainer Michael Bance and 12-year-old fitness guru Jodi Evans, while DJ Blinks mixed sounds behind a stellar Bose audio system to keep everyone entertained. A special 80s and 90s music mix was put together for our special Terminator Genisys movie workout. Movie posters, premiere tickets and t-shirts were given to the FFD attendees. With fitness contests, family workout and activities, inflatable obstacle course, healthy snacks, health screenings, gift bags and demonstrations, this Father’s Day event had something for everyone. Another highlight was the timed fitness course that crowned James Swink Mr. Fit Father 2015. He won four Yokohama tires as the grand prize.

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Mr. Fit Father competition

Fit Fathers Day was made possible through the support of Mazda, Volkswagen, Children’s National, Wegmans, The Washington Auto Show, DC Capital Striders and City Sports. The event also highlighted the amazing work of our community and media partners including: LoveLife Foundation, 14th Legislative District (Montgomery County), Action for Healthy Kids, African American Health Program, Aspire Beverages, Automotive Rhythms, Bance Fitness, Creative Edge PR, African American Health Program, Embrace Kids, Fathers Incorporated, Fit For Life, Greenbelt S.I.T.Y. Stars, Healthyblackmen.org, Kids Being Fit, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (Dr. Neal Barnard), Men’s Health Network, Mocha Moms, National Black Child Development Institute, Kids Being Fit, Shoe City, SOULCYCLE, Streets Wize Foundation, Strive 2 Tri, The Boot Camp Girl, Throttle Life, Vegan Pro, Meatless Monday, Montgomery County, MD Dept. of Police, Center for Nutrition Studies and Washington Sports Club.

Also, NFL players Jason McCourty of the Tennessee Titans and Adrian Coxson of the GreenIMG_5772 Bay Packers, who attended the celebration, served as Fit Fathers’ National Ambassadors for the momentous occasion.

We thanked attendees for supporting our cause with prizes and giveaways courtesy of Aspire Beverages, City Sports, SOULCYCLE, Bose Audio, Under Armor, Shoe City and Mothers car care. Through social media and the use of the hashtag #FitFathersDay appearing across multiple newsfeeds, there is already an air of anticipation for Fit Fathers Day 2016. We greatly appreciate our sponsors and partners who recognized the vision and helped bring FFD to fruition. A very special thank you is in order for all the patrons and volunteers.

Although Fit Fathers Day is a special occasion to recognize dads during their time of celebration, our mission is to also become active with, moms, kids and families throughout the year. Stay tuned for more Fit Fathers events as we move forward to engage with different communities around the country. Enjoy the photo gallery.

STORY by ADRIAN MCQUEEN

Cool Dad Site Fit Fathers Launches

FitFathers.com recently launched and is just what the doctor ordered in today’s bad health habit, never-ending work and mass-connectivity driven world.  Health, nutrition, quality family interaction, and exercise have taken a backseat. Fast food, sodas, gaming, the Internet, and digital communication have supplanted home-cooked meals, adventurous family vacations, reading, direct personal communication, and active living. With this threatening wave of mass digital confusion and lack of healthy habits, today’s kids, are expected to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents, studies show.

Fit Fathers site is cool dad approved.  Proactive dads must be proactive in every way!  As important as it is to be proactive in your child’s life, it is just as important to be proactive in your pursuit of good health.

The web site is the vision of Kimatni Rawlins, the president and publisher of the automotive media and marketing portal, Automotive Rhythms.  He is definitely about the life.  I remember when he was about 50+ pounds heavier and eating potato chips like Lays was going out of business.  He has since changed his lifestyle and mission. His family has followed suit and it is a joy to see.  We work out together at his social workouts that brings the families to the track to interact and exercise. He has inspired me and mine and now that the site is live it can hopefully inspire a new health revolution for fathers around the globe.   It’s not just all health, it’s cool stuff on the site.  CHECK IT OUT!  www.fitfathers.com

 

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#RIPPatrice

Comedian Patrice O’Neal dead at 41.  Saddened that his long battle with Diabetes ended today.  He leaves behind a wife and stepdaughter.

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