In this episode of the Kanawha Valley Hustler’s Podcast, I had the pleasure of interviewing Justin Phillips, a remarkable individual with a unique business. Justin is the president of the Fun Fitness Foundation and the COO of the Fun Fitness for Kids Club. Together with his wife, they are on a mission to curb the obesity rate in West Virginia, particularly among children.
The Fun Fitness Foundation operates a mobile playground—a 77-passenger bus that they have renovated into a vibrant and engaging space for kids. This colorful bus is hard to miss, and it serves as a catalyst for children to get active, play, and interact with each other. It’s a much-needed break from screens and technology, fostering physical activity and social interaction.
Justin’s dedication to promoting health and wellness doesn’t stop there. Through the Fun Fitness Kids Club, they offer a one-stop shop for children’s parties. With soft play equipment, inflatables, and a host of other interactive activities, parents can sit back and relax while their kids have a blast. It’s all about creating a fun and fitness-oriented environment for children to enjoy.
I admire Justin and his wife’s commitment to their mission. West Virginia has the highest adult obesity rate and the second-highest child obesity rate in the country. They recognized this problem and took it upon themselves to make a difference. Their efforts have not gone unnoticed, as they received recognition from the Small Business Administration and the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs.
During the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, they adapted their initiatives to keep kids and families engaged. They organized virtual events and even hosted a Fun Fitness Challenge, encouraging families to stay active and healthy while at home.
If you’re looking to get involved or simply want to learn more about Justin and his inspiring work, I encourage you to visit their website and connect with them on social media. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
As a father of two boys, I understand the importance of instilling healthy habits in children from an early age. Justin’s mobile playground and the Fun Fitness Kids Club are exceptional resources for families in West Virginia. They provide a fun and engaging alternative to sedentary screen time and help combat the concerning obesity rates in our community.