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Meet FitDC Coach Philip Thomas
Washington, DC is thinking outside the box and challenging its residents to fight obesity!
The FitDC Billion Steps Challenge is a fun way to engage and motivate DC residents from across the city’s eight wards to get active by walking one billion steps!
Mr. Philip Thomas is a Ward 3 Fit DC Coach and physical education teacher looking to help his city reach their goal. He says, “My mission is to encourage positive and healthy lifestyle changes in my community.”
Studies say obesity is one of the biggest drivers of preventable chronic diseases and healthcare costs in the United States. Currently, estimates for these costs range from $147 billion to nearly $210 billion per year. Thus, it makes good financial and medical sense for elected leaders to be proactive.
As a fourth-generation Washingtonian, he’s very proud of his community, “I live in Ward 3 in DC, and it’s family friendly, with lots of family homes, the canal and the vibrant people who live there.”
At 30-years-old, talking to Philip Thomas, you instantly feel his contagious energy around fitness and the pride in his community role.
“As a FitDC coach, I invite people to come in and spread knowledge to the community. In my community, each weekend we started a 5K park run. The response has been amazing. Our initial event was in early January and we had nearly 200 and even the mayor herself came out to support.”
So how does Mr. Thomas like to stay active? He says his favorite sport to play is soccer, but the Super Bowl in recent memory, he admits his favorite sport to watch is football.
“I’ve played sports my entire life. Throughout high school, I received awards for playing soccer, baseball and football. I then went on to play soccer for a year in college. Afterwards, I played intramural sports, winning championships in both soccer and basketball.”
And if motivating community residents to get moving as part of a high profile mayoral initiative isn’t enough, the committed vegetarian has already competed in two marathons as well. Thomas says he loves to mix things up so he’s also started biking, swimming and even made time for yoga. He plans to compete in a triathlon later this year.
“I live by the quote, “Healthy mind, healthy body.”
FitDC is a new, fresh health and wellness initiative conceived by Mayor Muriel Bowser to encourage all District of Columbia residents from Ward 1 to Ward 8 to get out, move more and adopt a healthier, more active lifestyle. If you’re excited about health and wellness, and live in Washington, DC check it out. Click here for more information.
Philip Thomas is a FitDC Ward 3 Coach and Physical Education teacher. Tweet him @