The Power of Play

James Siegal — Senior Fellow at KABOOM! and a board member of the National Fitness Foundation — on how to achieve playspace equity across demographics. As James says here, “Every kid deserves a happy childhood.”

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Giving Kids a Fighting Chance

Like Fit Kids, MMA fighter Eugene Jackson got his start in East Palo Alto, a unique community that shaped him, and which he now shapes by providing training for physical and mental fitness through “conscious combatives” at his Rogue Empire gym.

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Food for Thought

Dr. Aviva Alyeshmerni, MD (aka Dr. Vivi) is a Concierge Pediatrician. Here, she talks nutrition, just one of the topics she addresses on her blog and her “Doc Talks” video interview series at

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Fit Kids Wins Grant from The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation 

We are proud to announce that Fit Kids is a winner of The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation’s 2023 Local Impact Grants Challenge. The Foundation is granting nearly $2.5 million this year to non-profits that are strengthening their communities.

“Winning this competitive grant will help Fit Kids strengthen our community, literally, by strengthening children physically and mentally through our structured fitness programs,” said Ashley Hunter, Fit Kids Founder and Executive Director. “Grant programs like this help us achieve our mission to provide structured physical activity, movement, and mindfulness programs to ensure all children are able to enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of exercise.”

The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation’s grant program helps drive local communities forward and fosters a culture of equity and inclusion. In Fit Kids’ case, that means reaching and impacting thousands more youth.

“This grant is more than just an award to our organization,” Hunter said. “It is a celebration of our mission, and we are very happy to share with our community this exciting opportunity for growth.”

The Manson Track & Field Dynasty, Family Ties Part 1

Listen and learn from this conversation with all four members of track & field’s Manson Dynasty, including Amy and Pat Manson, former pro athletes, whose children, Max and Mia, are now following in their footsteps for Stanford University and the University of Michigan, respectively.

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Starting a Movement to Increase Movement

Francesca Schuler, President of the California Fitness Alliance, shares her perspective on the importance of physical activity to mental well-being, how to move our culture toward valuing both, and how to get more people moving from childhood onward.

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Running for Mental Health

Dr. Adel Korkor, Founder of the AB Korkor Foundation for Mental Health, shares the origin story of his organization’s “Five Fifty Fifty” series of run/walk events and a partnership with Fit Kids to bring our programs to 15 new cities throughout the U.S.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Sports and Fitness

In honor of Jackie Robinson Day—the April 15 celebration of Jackie Robinson’s debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers as the first African-American player in modern Major League Baseball history—Fit Kids Conversations welcomes Marti Reed, Positive Coaching Alliance’s Director of National Partnerships and DEI Programming Manager.

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