Fit Haven is dedicated to provide the highest quality fitness services, nutrition education, and healthy lifestyle options for women and girls to improve their health and fitness, promote well being and empower its participants with the knowledge and opportunity to lead an active healthy lifestyle for a better quality of life.
· To educate women and their families on the benefits of health, fitness and healthy lifestyle choices.
· To inspire underprivileged women and their families to be fit, active and become positive, healthy role models in their home, school and community.
· To promote fitness activities, community unity and parental involvement.
· To empower women to take charge of their health by preventing and managing chronic diseases related to nutrition and active lifestyles.
Fit Haven is a 501 3c non-profit organization devoted to serving health and fitness needs of women and girls in the Greater New Haven area. We believe that all women, regardless of economic status, deserve access to high-quality fitness services and healthy lifestyle opportunities.
In the past 3 years Executive Director Mubarakah Ibrahim has
worked with hundred of women to reduce their weight through exercise and
nutrition. These programs have an 80%
success rate by combining evidence-based fitness programs and healthy nutritional
habits and accountability. We attribute
our success rate to the following factors: incorporation of a model that
emphasizes both diet and physical activity, provision of appropriate social
support, making sure the interventions are culturally relevant, and lacing high
expectations on participants. In
addition, the use of group sessions (which are an effective model of behavior
change because of the efficient use of staff, group dynamics peer pressure, and
consistency in the delivery of messages to participants) combined with
individual meetings with participants (where participants’ individual areas of
weakness such as the lack of goal setting or problem solving skills were
addressed) led to more enthusiastic program participation.
Today's youth are believed to be the most
physically inactive generation in United States history. The number of
overweight children in our country has doubled in the past two decades. The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) predicts that one in three children born in 2000 in the United
States will likely develop Type 2 Diabetes unless they get more exercise and
improve their diets.
As a new organization we are in need of start up equipment and capital to open our doors by October 2014. Those donations can be given in the form of specific category donations or sponsoring a low-income woman or girl to be a member for one year. We will have the capacity to accommodate 1000 women and girls in programs and classes.
1. Subsidized Low-income Members $600 per year/per person
2. Gym Exercise Equipment: $133,090.00
3. Operating Capital: $185,513
4. Kids Daily Fitness Classes: $16,380 (1 Year)
5. Fitness Room Equipment: $16,590.00
The Vision, mission and values of the Executive Director and Fit Haven align closely with my own zealousness for a healthy lifestyle. Becoming passionate about exercise and fitness in my early 20’s I became a self proclaimed “gym rat”. Falling in love with exercise and the benefits that came along with it. In addition to the physical physique that I worked to obtain , I soon realized other benefits that came as with the work out such as decreased stress levels, positive mood changes and a increase in mental focus. These changes sparked a interest that lead me to read and investigate more on exercise, supplements, and nutrition. I soon became the unofficial authority on fitness amongst my family, friends, and peers. Developing exercise regiments and dietary plans for myself I soon began to assist family members with who had diagnosis of hypertension, type II diabetes, and cardiac issues. I began creating exercise and diet programs for their treatment plans given by their doctors, this eventually evolved into requested to accompany them on some of visits to the doctor to be their liaison into the fitness/healthy way of life. What I began to notice is that most of these family members , neighbors, etc were women, Women who worked very hard and sometimes long hours while at the same time running a household an in some cases as a single parent. This lead me to study and ready up on health related issues in the African American /ethnic community as they related to women being that I come from a single woman parent household. Noticing that many women were not comfortable with a gym/ fitness center or some just not being able to afford the facilities I would take them on walks on the neighbor fields and tracks or sometimes just in their neighborhood.
Seeing that my input made positive changes I eventually turned this passion into a career. First enrolling into The Swedish Institute Of the Health Sciences in NYC to study massage therapy including asian modalities. From there becoming certified as personal trainer with the NASM (National Academy Of Sports Medicine) organization. Soon after enrolling in The Integrative Institute of Nutrition to broaden my understand and practice the importance of a allied healthy lifestyle. I became a freelancer in addition to working in a gym, I always had an interest in those clients who suffered from preventable lifestyle diseases and issues, due to my prior experience, And so I practiced with a passion the importance of whole foods, proper nutrition and physical activity and the positive impacts that they had on physical health and our overall well being.
Its with the same passion and exuberance that I support the founder/Executive Director and The Fit Haven organization in its efforts and vision in “creating a healthy world one woman at a time”
Membership Silver FREE Group exercise classes for
adults and children (more than 20 a week)
FREE Cardio and Resistance Training
FREE Showers and Locker Room
FREE Babysitting Up To 2 Hours
FREE and Reduced Price Workshops
Wellness appointments (3)—where experienced and certified staff will help guide
you on your wellness journey. Appointments include goal setting, Fitness and
body composition assessment, fitness programming, and equipment orientation.
Monthly family nights with activities
Kid & teen group exercise classes
Nutrition Education Workshop
Weight Loss Support Group
Special Program Fees
Ibrahim is a AFAA Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Counselor and
Authorized Oasis in the Overwhelm® Trainer. She was the owner and head trainer of
BALANCE fitness Studio for women in New Haven, CT and has created a successful
13-year track record in business and health & fitness programming for
Her notoriety includes an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey
Show. She is a contributing expert to Prevention Magazine on fitness
for women over 40 and has appeared in and on the covers of the New York Times, Chicago
Tribune, and Hartford Current. In 2012 & 2013 she was dinner guest of President Barak Obama
for her work with health and fitness for women.
Fit Haven was incorporated on March 13, 2014. The organization does not have any form 990s or financial statements at this time.
A healthy community is a rich community. When we enjoy good health, when we engage in wellness activities – and when we support people living with disease or disabilities -- there are profound physical and psychological benefits. Simply put, we are all stronger and happier. To support the health and wellness initiatives in your community is to put good health within reach of all.
A strong community not only meets its members’ basic needs but also works to create long-term solutions to their problems. Provide people with affordable housing, enough to eat and access to affordable health care and you enable them to envision a better future for themselves.
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