We’re back!

I launched Roots-n-Riddims in a beauty salon in 2009 as a health intervention to address communities who were affected by obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes, all chronic diseases that affect many Caribbean families, including my own. Roots-n-Riddims made history as the first Caribbean and African cardiovascular workout approved by the National Association of Sports Medicine and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America.

Now anyone, anywhere can take the course, get certified, and bring it to their community or church basement, or gym. It is essentially, a small business wrapped inside a workout. Our goal is to see it in every major city with a large Caribbean population in order to build healthier Caribbean communities.

Take our online, as-you-go, self-guided course to become a Roots-n-Riddims Certified Instructor and bring it to your community, group, health fair, or program.


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Ladies, join our international campaign: Thick Girls Move!

Our body positive campaign, Thick Girls Move hosts monthly fitness challenges to encourage women everywhere to move more each day. Join our Facebook group and start moving.


Move it Nation school programs for girls: Curls on The Move

Move it Nation school programs for girls: Curls on The Move

Move it Nation after school clubs in Newark, New Jersey

Move it Nation after school clubs in Newark, New Jersey

Mission 

Move it Nation, Inc. is our 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to empower women and youth to move their bodies and minds. Over the past 10 years, our work has been included in schools and school districts in MA, NYC, and NJ reaching over 30 schools and thousands of students. Free to youth in urban, low-income communities, your support helps youth learn how to be physically active and live healthier, happier lives. Support our work with adolescent girls in urban schools by making a tax deductible donation.

Focus 

Our focus is obesity prevention particularly among urban youth. Recent research has shown that although obesity affects everyone, women and adolescent girls of African descent are disproportionately affected by obesity and overweight, and are more physically inactive when compared to their racial and ethnic counterparts.  In response to this, we have narrowed our focus and developed programs and interventions for this population. Our signature programs, grounded in public health, social justice, policy, and practice, transitioned into online courses this year so everyone everywhere can get their school and community moving. They include:

  1. Curls on the Move - Our health, hair, and self-care after-school club and health education curriculum for girls

  2. Roots-n-Riddims - The first African and Caribbean certified instructor training approved by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AAFA) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

  3. Move Ya Mind - Movement and mindfulness instructor certification course for educators, school nurses, social workers, fitness instructors, and health providers designed to mitigate toxic stress and trauma among urban youth

african initiatives 

Move it Nation, Inc. also supports health and education initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa, Patti's home for almost ten years. Over the past several years, your support helped send low-income youth in Madagascar to a life-changing enrichment camp in Johannesburg, South Africa.  We also provide much needed school supplies and funding to Bethany Children's Home, home to over 100 orphans affected by HIV/AIDS in Umtata, South Africa.  To support our work in Africa and in urban schools, make a tax-deductible donation.

Children at the Bethany Children's Home, Umtata, South Africa

Children at the Bethany Children's Home, Umtata, South Africa

Patti with orphans at the Bethany Children's Home, Umtata, South Africa

Patti with orphans at the Bethany Children's Home, Umtata, South Africa

For research collaborations on our programs in Africa or our work in public health and social justice, contact us.