North Bethesda, Maryland

Fitness for Health

Exercise Reinvented.

Fitness for Health

11140 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 231-7138
Fitness for Health, Physical Therapy, Health and Beauty, Rockville, Maryland

Fitness for Health makes fitness, occupational therapy, and physical therapy fun with attractions such as a laser maze, a glow-in-the-dark climbing wall, a trampoline, and a state-of-the-art facility. Located just outside of Washington, D.C., we work with children and adults (including senior wellness) both with and without special needs. Our gym features cutting-edge, high-technology equipment that we use for achieving great results. No matter where you currently are in regards to your fitness level or where you are on the motor development spectrum, the staff at Fitness for Health will help you with therapeutic exercise, occupational therapy, physical therapy, athletic training, weight management, conditioning, childhood obesity, personal training, senior fitness, bone and joint health, and other general fitness needs.

If you have a special needs child who requires occupational therapy, physical therapy, or therapeutic exercise, Fitness for Health offers a variety of personalized services where we work to improve gross motor function such as balance, proprioception, visuomotor function, mental processing, fine motor function, and handwriting skills. Evidence-based research has proven that these sensory integration techniques help everyone meet the demands of their specific environment. 

All occupational therapists at the gym possess a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree, which gives them the necessary knowledge to help your child with any issue. Our physical therapists earned their Doctor in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The personal trainers at Fitness for Health come from multiple backgrounds, such as kinesiology, recreational therapy, and physical education, and possess four-year college degrees at a minimum. Visit our incredible gym online to sign up today.

Announcements & Events from Fitness for Health
The Mental and Physical Benefits of Golf are the Perfect Excuse to Squeeze in a Round, North Bethesda, Maryland
I am thrilled today to bring you a guest blog from Steve Keipert.  Mr. Keipert is a journalist and editor with 20 years’ experience in the media, the past 16 years as an award-...read more
The World is Getting Larger, North Bethesda, Maryland
Nearly a third of the world’s population is overweight or obese now, and it’s getting worse, researchers reported Monday. According to NBC News, “The number of obese people has doub...read more
7 Tips to Maintain Your Health If You are Working All Day, North Bethesda, Maryland
I’m happy to bring you a guest blog today from Scott Murphy.  Scott rowed crew at college in upstate New York and still has the same passion for the sport more than 20 years l...read more
6 Tips to Manage Osteoarthritis , North Bethesda, Maryland
I am happy to bring you a guest blog today from Cindy Rollins. Cindy is blogger and writer at WearAction.com and has a passion for fitness that she wants to share with you...read more
Are Your Kids Stressed? Meditate, North Bethesda, Maryland
Are your children stressed out? Tell them to meditate. As I wrote about earlier this week in my blog, “Do You Have 2 Minutes to Make Yourself Happier?” meditation is a scientificall...read more
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “The percentage of children with obesity in the United States has more than tripled since the 1970s. Today, about on...read more
According to the American Diabetes Association, about 1 in every 400 children and adolescents now has diabetes. Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in children ...read more
I am happy to bring you a guest blog today from a great friend - Sarah Wayland, Ph.D., a Special Needs Care Navigator and Certified RDI Consultant.  She helps families develop ...read more
In honor of the end of Autism Awareness Month in April, let’s highlight bullying in the special needs community.  Whether face-to-face, nasty notes, harassing cell phone voicema...read more
It is time that people – especially women – realize how beautiful they are and not focus on tiny imperfections; imperfections that most times can be improved by a consistent exercise...read more
I’m happy to bring you a guest blog today from Jane Grates. Writing from Copenhagen, Denmark, Jane is an entrepreneur, and a full-time housewife. She spends most of his time writing...read more
In honor of National Walking Day yesterday, let’s celebrate spring and get walking! No matter your fitness level, walking is the simplest, cheapest and most convenient way to exerci...read more
If you are the parent of a young child, the chances are you’ve recently been to the movie theater to see the remake of Beauty and the Beast.  And, you’re probably on a first nam...read more
In honor of World Down Syndrome Day which was celebrated earlier this week, I want to highlight the importance of inclusion of the special needs community in our schools and in our d...read more
Happy – almost - St. Patrick’s Day! In honor of the most celebrated Irish holiday of the year, are you going green? No, I don’t mean wearing a shamrock. I mean, are you planning on e...read more
As many of you know, I have ADD and created Fitness for Health because I wanted to help children faced with the same challenges and assist them in achieving their maximize potential ...read more
I am happy to bring you a guest blog today from Katie McBeth who is a freelance writer out of Boise, ID. Her love for reading is only trumped by her love for cats, of which she...read more
A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a 43 percent drop in obesity rates among children aged 2 to 5 during the past decade.  Researchers found that a l...read more
I’m happy to bring you a guest blog today from Jess Walter, a health and nutrition freelance writer, and Casey Kelly-Barton, an Austin-based freelance writer whose childhood was...read more
From diabetes to heart disease to strokes, African-Americans fare worse than non-Hispanic Whites on many health fronts. Heart disease is the  #1 killer for all A...read more
Many of you who regularly read my blog know that I am a strong proponent of kids learning via play. When I was a child, recess was an integral part of the school day – and one of th...read more
Was your New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier and exercise more often? You’re not alone!  According to Statistic Brain, the #1 resolution for 2017 was “Lose weight/Healthier e...read more
Many of you who regularly read my blogs know that I wholeheartedly believe that movement is the key to learning. There is an abundance of scientific research showing that incorporat...read more
I’m happy to bring you a guest blog today from Anthony Maldonado who has more than twenty-five years of experience in the field of education. He specializes in setting up Educational...read more
According to the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2017, the Number 1 fitness trend this year will again be wearable technology - fi...read more
I’m happy to bring you a guest blog today from a personal friend and a former Fitness for Health parent, Jenn Lynn.  Jenn is a disability rights advocate who was recently named ...read more
The holiday season means feasts, festivities and lots of food. And, if you're naughty, Santa might bring you an extra five pounds around your waistline. Now that the Holidays are he...read more
Moms and dads – do you purposefully allow your kids to win at Chutes & Ladders or Candyland? You may be inadvertently hindering their ability to learn trust and how to ask for he...read more
The Holidays are stressful.  Between holiday shopping, planning family dinners, children’s concerts, work and family parties and house cleaning, who has time to relax and focus ...read more
I’m happy to bring you a guest blog today from Asra Carlone, writer for the leading website, FitAndHeal.com. She is a health blogger and her int...read more
Everyone looks forward to Thanksgiving and the Holidays for its wonderful food, family get-togethers and exciting football games.  Thanksgiving and the Holidays are also a time ...read more
I’m happy to bring you a guest blog today from Nat Lind, a home tutor and guest blogger for https://smiletutor.sg/ which helps students with private tuition, Singapore. She hopes to ...read more
Is your child still recovering from Daylight Savings Time this week? Does this sound familiar?  “Turn off the TV.  Shut down the video game.  Close your book.  I...read more
As recently highlighted on BBC News, along with eating a healthy diet, controlling your stress through quiet reflection and getting adequate sleep, exercise is probably the most impo...read more
Why do you exercise? Is it to sculpt your abs into a six-pack?  Tone your triceps? Or, for weight management?  Have you ever considered exercising to maintain your brain he...read more
Do you sometimes dread your after-work workout? EVERYONE experiences motivational lapses sometimes. In my experience as a Certified Athletic Trainer and the owner of Fitness for Hea...read more
I’m happy to bring you a guest blog today from Caroline Kastner, a loving mother and child activist. She loves to talk about and blog about anything related to children and things t...read more
If you’re struggling with your fitness motivation, or you simply want to squeeze more out of every workout you do, then one of the smartest moves you can make is to get a workout bud...read more
When I was a child, recess was a critical staple during the school day. Some of my fondest memories were playing tag or basketball with my buddies during our two or three recess brea...read more
I’m happy to bring you a guest blog today from Dr. Steve Silvestro, author of the Child Repair Guide. Dr. Steve is a board-certified pediatrician who studied at Georgetown University...read more
Do you drink enough water?  Probably not.  Did you know that staying hydrated can help you lose weight? A recent study has examined the dietary habits of more than 18,300 ...read more
A new study from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education examined the potential weight management benefits of sit-stand desks. Pitt's researchers found that regular use of...read more
The number of obese or overweight children has risen by 10 million worldwide since 1990 and there are now more overweight and obese children in low- and middle-income countries than ...read more
Congratulations! You – and your child – survived back-to-school season! Any educator will tell you that movement with intention anchors learning and prepares the brain for learning....read more
Most Americans are feverishly watching the Olympic Games in Rio – and many people are contemplating their return to their athletic training and improving your fitness levels. Even se...read more
Enjoy the last sunny days of summer before the kids go back to school this month. A study from Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign indicates tha...read more
Did you know that you don’t have to run marathons and complete athletic training for hours a day like an Olympian in order to be in great shape and continue weight management? It’s t...read more
The world will be watching the greatest sporting event that occurs only every four years – the Olympic Games.  For 17 days and glorious nights, people around the world will...read more
Depression has long been linked to obesity and weight gain. In a review paper published in Translational Psychiatry, Professor Julio Licinio of the Department of Psychiatry at ...read more
Although it is true that sustained exercise helps you achieve a great body and improves bone and joint health, it also improves your overall wellness and keeps your mind sharp. Summ...read more
Planning a birthday party can be exciting for your child but it can also be stressful and overwhelming for the parent. The most important thing to keep in mind is to have fun and pla...read more
I am excited that summer is finally here. But, June was National Cancers of the Sun Month. So, as you show off the buff body that you’ve worked hard to achieve, keep yourself protect...read more
International Day of Yoga was celebrated recently on June 21. Did you know that yoga has a ton of health benefits?  Yep.  It helps to improve your balance, flexibility and...read more
There are many ways that you can use technology to help you to chart, improve upon and plan your fitness routine. Whether you're athletic training or just want to improve your bone a...read more
New research from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights that pediatric concussions may be undercounted because, ...read more
Did you vow to lose weight or maintain weight management, increase their athletic training and eat healthier – the most common New Year’s Resolutions – this past January? Resolutions...read more
If you’ve read my blogs, you know that I’m a big proponent of using exercise and athletic training to combat depression.  Scientific research also backs me up. Most recently, a...read more
Are you still looking for a summer program that will improve social skills for your children and teens? Since summer is right around the corner, I’m happy to repost a blog concerning...read more
I'm proud to bring you a guest blog today from Claudia Cabellos, owner of Learning Playground, a child care facility in Silver Spring, MD, that has served the community for almost 20...read more
As recently reported in Medical Daily, “Brown adipose tissue, also known as brown fat, has been the focus of a lot of studies that are looking to solve the world’s obesity problem. R...read more
If you've been doing the same exercises as part of the same fitness routine — using the same old machines, taking the same classes, and doing the same repetitions, you might be in a ...read more
Let’s be honest. You have to be beautiful to be the star of a haircare advertising campaign. And, Katie Meade is beautiful – inside and out.Meade is the first woman with Down Syndro...read more
It's officially spring because the boys of summer are back! Major League Baseball will hold its Opening Day on Sunday, April 3.Are you jealous of the speed, agility, arm strength, c...read more
Any educator will tell you that movement with intention anchors learning and prepares the brain for learning. And, neuroscience supports the link of exercise, physical activity and m...read more
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In honor of the most celebrated Irish holiday of the year, are you going green? No, I don’t mean wearing a shamrock. I mean, are you planning on eating more ...read more
Do you measure your health by the number displayed on your bathroom scale? You shouldn’t.Your state of health isn’t just determined by your weight management, but also your athletic ...read more
Childhood obesity continues to be a serious problem in the United States and throughout the world. Despite recent declines in the prevalence among preschool-aged children, childhood ...read more
Although women are at greater risk, men can get osteoporosis as their bone and joint health decreases with age.Pamela Hinton, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and E...read more
If you or a loved one has suffered through breast cancer, you may have heard of “Chemo Brain.” This is a common term used by cancer survivors to describe thinking and memory problem...read more
Did your Valentine spoil you last weekend with chocolate truffles or chocolate-dipped strawberries? Don’t regret indulging in those yummy calories!We all know that chocolate is delic...read more
Have you ever thought that your love for your mother could help diminish the physical pain of millions of people?I'm proud to bring you a guest blog from Dr. John Jaquish. Dr. Jaqui...read more
Roses are red,Violets are blue,Are you ready to exercise?I have heart-healthy tips for you!Valentine’s Day is Sunday. Does the love of your life make your heart beat a little faster...read more
Roses are red,Violets are blue,Are you ready to exercise?I have heart-healthy tips for you!Valentine’s Day is Sunday. Does the love of your life make your heart beat a little faster...read more
I'm proud to bring you a guest blog from Julie F. Skolnick, M.A., J.D., of With Understanding Comes Calm. She understands first-hand the richness and challenges of parenting children...read more
From diabetes to heart disease to strokes, African-Americans fare worse than non-Hispanic Whites on many health fronts.Heart disease is the #1 killer for all Americans, and stroke is...read more
Do you have a family history of obesity, heart disease, high cholesterol or have you been a smoker in the past? You have a higher risk of having a heart attack.There’s no way to 100%...read more
February is Heart Disease Awareness Month. So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, celebrate your heart!Follow these heart-healthy tips to keep your ticker ticking:Don’t smoke or use tobac...read more
Are you on the lookout for fun, indoor games for today’s snow day? I'm proud to bring you a previously published, guest blog from Danielle Larkins about creative games to help kids b...read more
Yoga isn’t the only form of athletic training that strengthens your body and your mind. In fact, one study comparing the effects of hatha yoga and resistance exercise found that both...read more
No matter your fitness level, walking is the simplest, cheapest and most convenient way to exercise. But if your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight “fast,” an easy stroll isn't ...read more
I was recently reading Science News and read an article concerning osteoporosis and medications used to treat bone loss. The article states, “Bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP2) is ...read more
Tapeworm Diet…Acai Berry Diet…Baby Food Diet…Paleo DietHave you heard of these fad diets that promise amazing results with little inconvenience to you or inconvenient for a short tim...read more
According to the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2016, the Number 1 fitness trend this year will be wearable technology - fitness ...read more
Have you made your New Year’s resolution yet? Don’t fret. You have 360 days left to accomplish your goals.If you are the parent of a child with special needs, try these great family-...read more
“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl BardIn just a few hours, it’ll be the new year and that means ...read more
Are you thinking about reinventing yourself in 2016? Or, using the new year as a long overdue excuse to get rid of bad nutritional habits or improve your athletic training to maintai...read more
Now that the Holidays are upon us, everywhere you go, you see happy families spending time together. So, in honor of Christmas Eve and its celebration of family togetherness, the fo...read more
The Holidays are finally here! And, that means people are beginning to create their New Year's resolutions to improve their health and maintain weight management, and renewing their...read more
Are you S.A.D? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons — S.A.D. begins and ends at about the same times every year. According t...read more
Are you travelling this Holiday season? Do you need tips concerning how to maintain weight management or continue your athletic training routine while on the road? Try these tips fro...read more
Happy Holidays!It's easy to let your workout routine slide during the holiday season. It's more fun to spend time eating at the buffet and drinking egg nog with friends and family th...read more
How many of us – parents and children – are guilty in over-indulging in screen time?I'm proud to bring you a guest blog from Julie F. Skolnick, M.A., J.D., of With Understanding Come...read more
One of the happiest – and most stressful – times of the year is right around the corner. Although the Holidays are known as the time of the year when families get together to catch u...read more
One of the happiest – and most stressful – times of the year is right around the corner. Although the Holidays are known as the time of the year when families get together to catch ...read more
Did you know that you can easily improve your bone and joint health – even if you are a senior citizen?I'm proud to bring you a guest blog from Danielle Larkins, a blogger and owner ...read more
Everyone looks forward to Thanksgiving for its wonderful food, family get-togethers and exciting football games. Thanksgiving is also a time to reflect on the previous year(s) and t...read more
Fitness for Health has been a proud community partner of Temple Beth Ami Nursery School in Rockville, MD, for many years by providing fitness classes for the school’s young students....read more
As we prepare to stuff ourselves during Thanksgiving dinner, here is something to consider.  Men and women with good weight management (“normal” weight) but extra pounds around ...read more
When you practice a sports skill, generally the more you practice, the better you perform that skill. So it's understandable that many young athletes think this also applies to their...read more
High calorie fast food, high fructose soda and desserts have always been fairly obvious scapegoats for the declining health of Americans. But, it turns out that blame might be mispla...read more
Americans are eating healthier! In fact, a new study finds that improved diets have prevented 1.1 million premature deaths over a 14-year period.Unfortunately, overall, our diets cou...read more
Every night, we hear on the national news that America is facing a health crisis.According to the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), 67% of Americans are not active to a...read more
Beginning or maintaining a fitness for seniors program can be a challenge. You may feel discouraged by illness, ongoing health problems or concerns about injuries or falls. Or, if yo...read more
A recent study conducted by The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston says technological games used for exercising can improve physical and mental fitness in childre...read more
Happy (almost) Halloween! This week marks the unofficial beginning of the Holiday eating season. If you’re like me, fighting the temptation to splurge daily on Snickers, brownies, ku...read more
Are you the mother of a young or tween daughter? Do you want her to adopt a lifelong, healthy active lifestyle? Lead by example because your daughter is watching.A new study publishe...read more
I created Fitness for Health almost 30 years ago to help children, adults, senior citizens, athletes and members of the special needs community reach their full potential. I am proud...read more
Whether face-to-face, nasty notes, harassing cell phone voicemails or cyber stalking, bullying has become an epidemic.There are numerous statistics about childhood bullying and its g...read more
We’ve all heard about the dangers of one’s expanding waistline in middle age. Research has shown obesity in your 40’s, 50’s and 60’s may increase your odds of certain cancers, heart ...read more
The beginning of the school year signals the beginning of fall sports season. Are you worried about your young athlete receiving a concussion?Youth concussion rates are on the rise. ...read more
Have you been told that you’re too short? Too tall? Too smart? Not smart enough? Too skinny? Too big? You’re not alone. Everyone has been bullied at some point in his/her life. Unfor...read more
Does this sound familiar?  “Turn off the TV. Shut down the video game. Close your book. It’s time for bed…No, you may not stay up for ten more minutes…You say that you’re not ti...read more
Now that the school year has begun, how can a mom find time for athletic training in her routine?I understand how difficult it can be to balance work (whether you are working in an o...read more
Bullying is, unfortunately, always headlining the national news.When you think of bullying, do you automatically think of an eighth grader picking on a sixth grader because he/she is...read more
Are you raising a narcissistic child? According to psychologists, there has been a sharp increase in narcissism in the United States. College students' scores on the Narcissitic Pers...read more
1 in 3 women over 50 years-old will experience osteoporotic fractures, as will 1 in 5 men, according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation.As you can imagine,your bones are cr...read more
Looking for an inexpensive way to enjoy the dwindling, warm days of September while maintaining weight management? Try walking.Research shows that most people sit for 7.7 hours a day...read more
In a recent, nationwide health and nutrition study, researchers found that about 18 percent of kids ages two to 18 were obese based on their waist circumference and 33 percent of kid...read more
September is National Yoga Month! Celebrate the end of summer weather while taking a moment to relax and center yourself for the beginning of the new school year.Could your child ben...read more
Congratulations!  You – and your child – survived the first day of school!Any educator will tell you that movement with intention anchors learning and prepares the brain for lea...read more
Happy First Week of School to most of the families in the D.C. area!Back-to-school time is the perfect opportunity to speak to your children about healthy food choices and kids' heal...read more
In honor of the last week of our B-Social Therapeutic Summer Program and the impending first week of school, I’d like to discuss the importance of social skills for children. Social ...read more
The stress of a new school year can make you forget some of the benefits of being a parent. It's an adjustment time for you and your child. Keeping your child safe, healthy and happy...read more
Can fitness for kids help your child become a better math student?Yes. A new study in the journal, PLOS ONE, reveals that 9- and 10-year-old children who are “aerobically fit tend to...read more
American obesity rates continue to increase, with nearly 28 percent saying they are clinically obese, according to a new Gallup-Healthways Poll. The new report from the Gallup-Health...read more
Does your child like video games, but dislikes “exercising”? Combine the two for a great workout!I will admit that the notion of using technology and video games to increase fitness ...read more
Eating fresh vegetables is one of the best perks of summertime – besides vacations at the beach and the beautiful weather providing the perfect opportunity for athletic training outd...read more
Have you heard about the two children handcuffed by a police officer in their elementary school in Kentucky because they weren’t listening to the teacher’s instructions, refused to s...read more
A few weeks ago, I participated in a Tweet Chat held by Salud Today about the dangers of soda consumption in Latino families for increasing adult diabetes and childhood obesity. And,...read more
Have you heard? Is the best predictor of future success a child’s memory or academic ability in kindergarten? No. Recent research finds the best predictor of success may be a child’s...read more
Although women are at greater risk, men can get osteoporosis as their bone and joint health decreases with age.According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation:Up to one in four men...read more
As I participated in a Tweet Chat on Tuesday held by Salud Today about the dangers of soda consumption in Latino families for increasing adult diabetes and childhood obesity, I thoug...read more
As the East Coast is hit with a heat wave of high temperatures and high humidity, it is important to remember that those athletic training and exercising outside should take precauti...read more
The 2015 ParticipACTION Report Card of Physical Activity for Children and Youth takes a landmark position on fitness for kids and active, outdoor play revealing that kids are not pla...read more
Are you the mother of a young or tween daughter? Do you want her to adopt a lifelong, healthy active lifestyle? Lead by example because your daughter is watching.A new study of 40 gi...read more
Now that the weather is beautiful and more people are spending time outdoors in the sun, I’d like to highlight the benefits of fitness for seniors.Beginning or maintaining an exercis...read more
Are you jealous of the speed, agility, core stabilization and leg power of your favorite World Cup athletes? In honor of the USA Women’s Soccer Team winning the World Cup, here are a...read more
Acai Berry Diet…Baby Food Diet…Apple Vinegar DietHave you heard of these fad diets that promise amazing results with little inconvenience to you or inconvenient for a short time?I re...read more
As reported on June 29 in Pediatrics, an online journal, leading physicians' group the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is updating its guidelines, last issued more than a decade...read more
It’s finally the end of the school year, and thoughts of the classroom are fading fast as kids and their families head to the beach or their local pool. But, school will be back in s...read more
Not only can regular workouts in the gym or even on the playground improve you – and your child’s - attention span, memory and learning, research has also shown that maintaining phys...read more
According to Medical News Today’s “Young Athletes: Injuries and Prevention,” James R. Andrews, a former president of the American Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), states, “The Un...read more
Did you know that sitting can be bad for your health and your bone and joint health?I'm proud to bring you a guest blog from Danielle Larkins, a blogger and owner of Tiny-Trots, an o...read more
Looking for an inexpensive way to enjoy the new, warm days of summer while maintaining weight management? Try walking.Research shows that most people sit for at least 3-5 hours a day...read more
Want to stay sharp into very old age? Establish a fitness for seniors, exercise program and keep your heart healthy.According to the June 2015 edition of AARP Bulletin, “Aerobic exer...read more
People who are obese seem to have lower core body temperatures during the day, a new study in the journal, Chronobiology International, co-authored by Pietro Cortelli, MD, Ph.D sugge...read more
Are you a parent? Do you know if your child is overweight and in need of weight management assistance?As recently reported in Childhood Obesity, researchers recently looked at data c...read more
Some overweight and obese preschoolers may already have risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, a study from Italy suggests.The childhood obesity study involved more than 5,700 ...read more
Did you know that you don’t have to run marathons and complete athletic training for hours a day to be in great shape and maintain weight management? It’s true!I'm proud to bring you...read more
As I wrote about earlier this week in my blog entitled, “Playgrounds for Kids – and Their Grandparents,” playgrounds are a great way to maintain weight management, increase bone and ...read more
When you hear the word “playground,” do you conjure visions of toddlers learning how to swing by themselves, elementary school recess and kids hanging from the jungle gym?  Of c...read more
Since all children are different, summer program experiences can vary. And, choosing a summer camp for your child with special needs can seem overwhelming.Summer program options are ...read more
Sixty percent of your body weight and almost 90 percent of your brain is made up of water. Water helps you concentrate, problem solve and remember everything from birthday dates to c...read more
After rising steadily for more than 10 years, the proportion of U.S. kids defined as obese due to a large waist circumference held steady between 2003 and 2012, according to an analy...read more
Did you know that fitness for kids can be FUN – and combat childhood obesity?I'm proud to bring you a guest blog from Danielle Larkins, a blogger and owner of Tiny-Trots, an online f...read more
Did you know that physical therapy can help treat an ankle injury?I'm proud to bring you a guest blog from Maria Arini, PT, DPT, CMTPT, CSCS of Bethesda Physiocare and Fitness for He...read more
It is that time of year again. The weather is warming, flowers are blossoming, birds are chirping and children are eager to show their independence and shed their training wheels by ...read more
Spring is here!  Because many parents are celebrating the change of seasons by spring cleaning, I wanted to bring back one of my favorite blogs. The original was blog was posted...read more
Have you heard of “sweatworking”?  According to Reuters, “Sweatworking is the growing practice of meeting clients for a walk, a run or a fitness class” instead of networking in ...read more
We’ve all heard about the dangers of one’s expanding waistline in middle age. Research has shown obesity in your 40’s, 50’s and 60’s may increase your odds of certain cancers, heart ...read more
I’m sure that you would agree that Sports Illustrated model – and wife of singer John Legend - Crissy Teigen is beautiful. But, even models have imperfections and need to maintain we...read more
It's officially spring because the boys of summer are back!  Major League Baseball has held its Opening Day.Are you jealous of the speed, agility, arm strength, core stabilizati...read more
Childhood obesity is a worldwide epidemic.What can you do at home to ensure your children eat healthy?I'm proud to bring you a guest blog from Dr. Caren Glassman of Potomac Pediatric...read more
Spring is finally here!  And, that means people are beginning to refocus attention on outdoor cardio and athletic training, remembering their New Year's resolutions to improve t...read more
Did you know that physical therapy can be FUN?I'm proud to bring you a guest blog from Danielle Larkins, a blogger and owner of Tiny-Trots, an online family resource for DC area happ...read more
Did you know that your brain shrinks during the normal aging process? It’s true! But, you can improve your future cognitive health when you’re in your 60’s now when you’re in your 40...read more
Are you a woman? Is weightlifting a part of your athletic training routine? It should be."The American College of Sports Medicine recommends weightlifting for all adults at least twi...read more
Now that the weather is getting warmer and sunnier, your child will be spending more time playing and exercising outdoors, right? Maybe not.A lot of parents believe their kids are ad...read more
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In honor of the most celebrated Irish holiday of the year, are you going green? No, I don’t mean wearing a shamrock. I mean, are you planning on eating more ...read more
Beach season is almost upon us and Spring Break is right around the corner. Is bikini weather your upmost motivation for working out?Using weight loss as exercise motivation isn’t al...read more
Have you heard of the “diet choker” - a new necklace that monitors everything you eat and sends you a message when you have “eaten too much”? It’s true.WearSens is a metal ring – dev...read more
Obesity will soon become the number one risk factor for cancer, even surpassing tobacco use, according to Dr. Seun Sowemimo, a board-certified bariatric surgeon and obesity expert at...read more
According to the National Institute on Aging, memory loss can happen at any age and for a number of reasons.Taking several medications, deep depression, poor sleep and a lack of exer...read more
Since all children are different, summer program experiences can vary. And, choosing a summer camp for your child with special needs can seem overwhelming.Summer program options are ...read more
Have you heard about the benefits of yoga - especially for children with special needs?I'm proud to bring you a guest blog from Danielle Larkins, a blogger and owner of Tiny-Tro...read more
This winter has been especially harsh for a majority of the U.S. population with record snow falls, artic wind blasts and plunging temperatures. But, hope is on the way!There's only ...read more
I’m sure that you would agree that Supermodel Cindy Crawford is beautiful. But, even supermodels grow older and need to maintain weight management and sustain bone and joint health.H...read more
Roses are red, Violets are blue,Are you ready to exercise?I have heart-healthy tips for you!Valentine’s Day is Saturday. Does the love of your life make your heart beat a little fast...read more
February is Heart Disease Awareness Month. So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, celebrate your heart!Follow these heart-healthy tips from the Mayo Clinic to keep your ticker ticking:Don’...read more
Do you hate to work out? Would you rather talk about how you should exercise than to actually participate in physical activity? You’re not alone.According to the Centers for Disease ...read more
Are you ready for summer camp? Although the forecast is calling for snow, summer is right around the corner. This means it’s time to finalize your child’s summer activities.Selecting...read more
Might your child benefit from occupational therapy? I'm proud to bring you a guest blog from Danielle Larkins with tips to use a medicine ball to help your children at home.Danielle ...read more
For children with special needs, occupational therapy can prove essential in aiding the development of gross and fine motor skills. Exercises used in occupational therapy are geared ...read more
Now that the new year has begun, many people are trying to become healthier and eat better.  Some, unfortunately, will try "quick fixes" and fad diets in order to maintain weigh...read more
Are you tired of seeing media portrayals of women working out in the gym and they are beautiful, fit and not even breaking a sweat? In essence, not realistic.Have you heard about Thi...read more
Children with special needs are finding improved health and happiness with a regular fitness or athletic training program. Programs designed especially to meet the requests of childr...read more
According to the American Diabetes Association, about 1 in every 400 children and adolescents now has diabetes.Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in children and ado...read more
Chances are that you created at least one New Year's resolution.  Did you vow to maintain weight management/lose weight, get fit, eat a healthier diet or improve your athletic t...read more
You have been great about sticking to your New Year’s resolution to commit to a consistent, exercise routine to maintain weight management. Then, all of a sudden you contract your so...read more
Are you following the childhood obesity epidemic?  It would be difficult not to be concerned since it's on the local and national new each evening.  I'm proud to bring you ...read more
According to the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2015, the Number 1 fitness trend this year will be body weight training - strengt...read more
 “Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl BardIt’s the new year and that means most people will vo...read more
Are you S.A.D? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons — S.A.D. begins and ends at about the same times every year. According t...read more
The holiday season means feasts, festivities and lots of food. And, if you're naughty, Santa might bring you an extra five pounds around your waistline. Now that the Holidays are her...read more
Happy Holidays!It's easy to let your workout routine slide during the Holiday season and forget about weight management. It's more fun to spend time eating at the buffet and drinking...read more
Autism affects 1 in 68 children in the United States. A growing body of research continues to underscore the fact that occupational therapy, as part of a multi-faceted approach, ca...read more
Did you know that your personality affects your sleep schedule and even your longevity? Researchers believe your personality may even play a role in your ability to ward off infectio...read more
It’s tough to resist all the unhealthy foods that are so abundant throughout the holiday season. It seems like every December & January, people really want to lose weight, and to...read more
The Holidays are stressful. Between holiday shopping, planning family dinners, children’s concerts, work and family parties and house cleaning, who has time to relax and focus on pro...read more
We have all heard that adult and childhood obesity can take years off your lifespan, but is it a myth created to “scare” people into healthier eating? No.According to a new study pub...read more
Are you on the lookout for fun, indoor games for those upcoming snow days? I'm proud to bring you a guest blog from Danielle Larkins about creative games to help kids burn off e...read more
Occupational therapy helps children with special needs develop the skills to overcome many skills such as sensory processing, fine motor, and body awareness problems. Occupational th...read more
One of the happiest – and most stressful – times of the year is right around the corner. Although the Holidays are known as the time of the year when families get together to catch u...read more
Everyone looks forward to Thanksgiving for its wonderfulfood, family get-togethers and exciting football games.  Thanksgiving is also a time to reflect on the previous year(s) a...read more
In recent years, it has become common knowledge that physical therapy services can be beneficial for children with special needs, including developmental or physical disabilities. Si...read more
Feeling younger than one’s real age could help to preserve memory and cognitive function as people get older, says a study in the November issue of the American Journal of Geriatric ...read more
It’s almost Thanksgiving – the most celebrated food holiday each year – which means there’s a high probability that you’ll overeat and feel guilty the next day.Keeping a svelte physi...read more
Have you ever wondered how your body “knows” to move? Try these fun ideas to easily test your proprioception. Today, I'm proud to bring you a guest blog from Matthew Melling of Multi...read more
Fad diets, as their name implies, are short-term quick fixes that actually set many dieters up for weight management failure. If a diet or product sounds too good to be tru...read more
For children and adults with special needs, there are countless benefits of occupational and physical therapy, and therapeutic exercise. The ultimate goal of this type of treatment i...read more
In an age when most people are limiting their fat intake for fear of adult and childhood obesity and not fitting into their holiday finery, have you ever thought about if you’re gett...read more
Did you know that, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH), only 25 percent of people aged 65-74 say they engage in regular physical activity?Adults should exercise at an...read more
Thanksgiving is less than a month away and it’s time to start thinking about our holiday eating habits.The holiday temptation of cookies, cake, pie and sweets begins at Thanksgiving ...read more
Happy (almost) Halloween! Tomorrow marks the unofficial beginning of the Holiday eating season. If you’re like me, fighting the temptation to splurge daily on Snickers, brownies...read more
If you’ve read my blogs over the last couple of months, you know that I’m a big proponent of using exercise to combat depression. Scientific research also backs me up.Most recently, ...read more
Is your child a budding Picasso? Does your fridge look like the Louvre?  Today, I'm proud to bring you a guest blog from Danielle Larkins about creative ways to display - and sh...read more
I hear this all the time, “I’m so busy at work/taking care of the kids/taxiing the kids to sports practice that I don’t have time to exercise or go to the gym.”Did you know that, acc...read more
Happy ADHD Awareness Month!As many of you know, I have ADD and created Fitness for Health because I wanted to help children faced with the same challenges and assist them in achievin...read more
This week, I am proud to bring you a guest blog from Pain Management and Injury Relief Medical Center (PMIR) located in CA.Founded in 2003 by Dr. Alexander P. Hersel, the PMIR Medica...read more
Any educator will tell you that movement with intention anchors learning and prepares the brain for learning. And, neuroscience supports the link of exercise, physical activity and m...read more
According toa new study from Sweden, obesity and inflammation in late adolescence are associated with increased risk for colon and rectal cancer in adulthood.The 35-year study found ...read more
Today, I am proud to feature a guest blog from Julie Kobylarek, M.A., M.S., O.T.R./L.  Julie is the Director of Therapeutic Services and an Occupational Therapist at Fitness for...read more
According tothe Centers for Disease Control, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years.The percentage of children aged 6–11 ...read more
Fitness For Health is a state-of-the-art facility located in Rockville, Maryland that offers a fun, alternate way to exercise for children and adults. The exceptionally trained staff...read more
Occupational therapy may sound complex but the personal trainers at Fitness for Health are experts at making it fun and engaging. They will tailor an individualized regimen to meet t...read more