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patti obrien-richardson

Patti is the CEO and founder of Move it Nation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help the young and the young at heart move their bodies and minds. She is the author of Purge it with Patti, educator, researcher, and creator of multi-cultural health interventions for youth and women of color including: 

  • Curls on the Move - a hair and health curriculum for health educators, health providers, home school associations, and parents of girls of color addressing the perceived barrier some women and girls of African descent have to physical activity due to cultural hair practices

  • Move Ya Mind/Self-Care for the Sisters - a stress management course utilizing yoga and mindfulness for youth (girls and boys) and for women (Self-Care for the Sisters) addressing toxic stress and traumatic childhood experiences.

  • Roots-n-Riddims - the first African and Caribbean instructor certification cardiovascular workout endorsed by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America.

  • Thick Girls Move - a body positive physical activity campaign and private Facebook group encouraging women of all shapes and sizes to move more.

Curls on the Move at a New Jersey high school celebrating our gorgeous donated yoga mats.

Curls on the Move at a New Jersey high school celebrating our gorgeous donated yoga mats.

She has been a faculty member at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), and Rutgers University Biomedical and Health Sciences, and currently teaches a social justice course she developed entitled, "Hair: Culture, Politics, and Technology" in Rutgers University-Newark’s Honors Living Learning Community.

Patti is a sought after speaker on health, women, and girls empowerment and holds several health, nutrition, wellness, and fitness certifications, as well as a BA in developmental psychology, a Master's of Science in education, and PhD in urban systems (health and education policy).

In her spare time she teaches stress reduction strategies and enjoys gardening, writing, and cooking with her hubby and six amazing daughters: triplets +1, and two bonus daughters.