Dad Fuses Passion for Fitness With Passion for Fatherhood and Redefines “Dad Bod”

Daddy Fitness Redefines Dad Bod
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Ose Akhile has been a trainer for over ten years, and when he became a dad, he set out to include his kids in his biggest passion. Akhile treasured the time he got to spend being active with his kids, bonding with them, and introducing them to a world that was central to his life. After having kids of his own, Akhile began to realize that most activities within the community were geared towards moms and their kids as opposed to dads – and that was a gap he intended to fill.

“My mission is to not only redefine the dad bod from a physical level but to truly create a brand that is recognized for creating a community of fathers committed to being their best in every aspect of their life so that their kids can follow the same example,” Akhile told The Dad. “As I like to say, ‘ it’s better to show them how to live than it is to tell them.’”

 

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Akhile’s love of fitness and fatherhood led him to start Daddy Fitness, a program geared towards supporting dads on their fitness journeys. Though Akhile trains some clients in person, his program is available online so he can reach as many dads as possible. Akhile models both an active lifestyle and an active role in his kids’ lives – he’s a proud “girl dad” of three and stresses the importance of appreciating every moment.

 

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When discussing the feedback Daddy Fitness has received Akhile explained, “My favorite are first time dads because they truly appreciate being able to have a resource to not only help them get in shape (mainly for the sake of their kids) but also about fatherhood and the challenges it comes with.”

Through Daddy Fitness, Akhile has created a supportive community of dads who recognize just how difficult it can be. He invites dads to engage in self-care, spend quality time with their kids, and do so with the support of other dads going through the same thing.

Akhile’s home is filled with love and energy, something that he takes great pride in. “My wife is amazing. I wouldn’t be who I am today without her,” Akhile said. “No day is short of entertainment or laughter. And even the hard days, we wouldn’t trade it for anything else.”

 

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Sharing his successes, his struggles, and his support for other dads has turned Daddy Fitness into far more than your typical fitness group. “My goal and dream is to turn it into a startup company centered around helping dads be the best men they can be for themselves and their families,” Akhile explained. “This goes beyond fitness, but also nutrition, mental health, and guidance.”

“We also want dads to be active with their kids. Don’t just sit and oversee them play. Get in there with them!”

Dr. Dre Home From the Hospital After ICU Stay for Brain Aneurysm

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In the first bit of positive news for hip hop legend, Dr. Dre has been released from the hospital after a stay in the ICU for a brain aneurysm. Things looked scary for Dre after he was rushed to the hospital, and brain aneurysms have a high rate of death and permanent neurological impairments. Incredibly, doctors think he will have a full recovery, according to sources close to the family speaking to TMZ.

While he has been discharged, doctors don’t know what the cause is, so he’s being monitored by health professionals 24/7 at home. The iconic producer has had a rough few months, as his LA home was targeted by burglars after he went to the hospital, and four people were arrested attempting to get into his home. He’s also been going through a contentious divorce.

Not long after he was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, he shared an Instagram post saying:

“Thanks to my family, friends and fans for their interest and well wishes. I’m doing great and getting excellent care from my medical team. I will be out of the hospital and back home soon. Shout out to all the great medical professionals at Cedars. One Love!!

 

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Ice T actually broke the news about Dre’s return home, sharing on Twitter that he just FaceTimed with Dr. Dre, saying “he just made it home, safe and looking good.”

Betty White Turns 99 Tomorrow and Credits a Sense of Humor for Her Health

Betty White is OK
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The comedy legend, who has been spending her COVID quarantine safely at home, hanging out with ducks, is turning 99 this weekend. How does a Hollywood icon celebrate 99? By making sure she’s around for 100, so continuing to stay home amid the pandemic…and still feeding her ducks.

“What am I doing for my birthday?…Working on getting ‘The Pet Set’ re-released and feeding the two ducks who come to visit me every day,” she told Entertainment Tonight.

“Betty White’s Pet Set” was a show in the early 70s featuring White with celebrities and their pets, ranging from dogs and cats to elephants, tiger sand zebras. The show is getting re-released for its 50th anniversary on February 23rd.

In a year that saw us lose many comedy icons, including Carl Reiner and Fred Willard, the beloved White continues to write the book on aging with grace.

She said the one thing that keeps her going is a sense of humor.

“Don’t take yourself too seriously. You can lie to others, not that I would, but you cannot lie to yourself,” she told People. She also echoed that as her advice for living a happy and long life.

“Having a sense of humor and looking at the positive side, and not dwelling on the downside,” she said. “Takes too much energy being negative. Also having a good agent who keeps me busy all the time.”

While COVID numbers continue to climb throughout North America, and wreaking special havoc on the elderly, we have to be thankful to the duck family for keeping Betty White happy and sane through the worst of it, and for being the only ones to help the legendary actor celebrate turning 99.

Dude! Jeff Bridges Says Treatment Has ‘Shrunk My Tumor Drastically’

Jeff Bridges Update Tumor Shrunk
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I’m willing a positive 2021 into existence. Part of this is exercising a laser-like focus on any and all good news, and infusing it directly into my daily information diet. So that’s why it’s tremendous to see Jeff Bridges sharing a positive update on his health.

The Big Lebowski (or True Grit, or take whatever your fav is) star took to his website to give another update on his cancer battle, after being diagnosed with lymphoma in the fall.

 

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He stated he went in for a CAT scan to see how his treatment protocol was affecting his tumor, and it was “working beautifully” as the tumor had shrunk drastically. “I come home elated with the news,” Bridges wrote.

He went on to describe his broken heart at the current news enveloping the nation, and revealed the mantra he’s adopted from his mentor to push him through these tough times: “Be Love.”

In an earlier entry on the site, which he’s using to keep supporters and friends updated on his condition, he said the whole thing was bringing on feelings of ‘preciousness, gratitude, and good old fashion love, lots of it, big time.’

“I’m feeling so much of it comin’ my way, and man, I appreciate it,” he wrote. “It’s contagious, all this love.”

Nursing Home Residents Celebrated the Holidays by “Hunting” the Staff

Nursing Deer Hunt
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No one has been hit harder by the pandemic than nursing homes. This has led to the most severe restrictions and generally made this a miserable year for those in long-term care homes. So the angels that work there have had to get creative to lift the spirits of residents. Over the holidays the bar was raised to new heights when one home had their residents go “deer hunting.” And in this case, the reindeer were some very game staff members.

Creativity goes a long way when you’re trying to keep morale high for those near the end of their lives, especially when they can’t see their family. Maybe you create a pirate radio station, or start a national pen pal program. Or in this case, you give them nerf guns and let them fire away at you while you humiliate yourself ducking through Christmas trees.

The video is the type of creative and wholesome content that brightens your day and makes you feel good about staring at your phone for once. It quickly jumped into temporary internet fame levels by going viral with more than 30 million views.

This has introduced another whole level of joy for the residents, who have reveled in the thousands of comments and have bragged to their families about their newfound “fame.” The staff even made “movie star” signs for their rooms.

The activity director of the Continental Manor in Ohio told TODAY she’s always looking for something fun to keep residents busy during “these trying times.”

“This was certainly a hit, they really had a good time,” she said.

And let this stand as another testament to the healthcare heroes we’ve been honoring, both really and performatively, for the last year. They truly go above and beyond to care for people.

Absolute Legend Finishes Chemo, Shotguns a Beer in the Middle of the Hospital

Legend celebrates end of chemo by shotgunning beer in hospital
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Beating cancer is one of those things that there really is no proper way to celebrate. Even the biggest celebration in the world doesn’t feel adequate, but that doesn’t stop us from trying. Twitter user blomdotcomm (we’ll call him BDC, Because Damn, he’s Cool) recently shared his truly legendary way of marking the end of his cancer treatments, and even just watching the video has us all hopped-up.

While still in the hospital, our hero approaches the traditional post-cancer bell, one that patients look forward to ringing as a symbol of completing their cancer treatments. For most, this gesture is the only celebration that happens within the confines of the hospital. But BDC came prepared.

He steps onto a towel as the cheers of those who came to support him turn to laughter as he summons a can of Busch Light seemingly from thin air. Holding a set of keys in one hand and the can in the other, this absolute madlad proceeds to shotgun the whole damn thing in a matter of seconds.

BDC shared the video on Twitter with the caption, “ever shotgun a beer in a hospital? Done with chemo. Done with cancer!”

The tweet has accumulated over 35,000 likes in just two days and support for both BDC’s cancer-free status and his method of celebrating poured in from around the world. If the hospital beer was any indication, our dude has a lot more celebrating to do – but he’s taking the time to respond to dozens of comments, providing words of encouragement to others battling cancer.

Huge congrats, BDC – cheers!

Arkansas Doctor Forgives $650,000 Worth of Patients’ Medical Debt for Christmas

Doctor forgives $650,000 of medical debt
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Cancer is one of those things that you can’t predict or plan for, but if it happens, it changes nearly every aspect of your life. Of course, fighting the disease itself is the first priority, but financial strain can linger long after the cancer is gone. Dr. Omar Atiq, an oncologist in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, recently closed his clinic after nearly 30 years of helping cancer patients through one of the most difficult struggles of their lives. But before he stepped away for good, Dr. Atiq had one last job to do.

Dr. Atiq was tasked with finalizing all payments from former clients, clients who he contacted himself, or through billing companies over the years about outstanding bills. Many of those who were able to pay off their remaining balance did, but the big-hearted doctor soon realized that it wasn’t negligence that kept his former patients from paying – several of them simply did not have the money.

“Over time I realized that there are people who just are unable to pay,” Dr. Atiq told Good Morning America. “So my wife and I, as a family, we thought about it and looked at forgiving all the debt. We saw that we could do it and then just went ahead and did it.”

This year, nearly 200 of Dr. Atiq’s former patients received a holiday greeting that changed their lives. The note read, “I hope this note finds you well. The Arkansas Cancer Clinic was proud to serve you as a patient. Although various health insurances pay most of the bills for the majority of patients, even the deductibles and co-pays can be burdensome. Unfortunately, that is the way our health care system currently works.”

The note concluded, “Arkansas Cancer Clinic is closing its practice after over 29 years of dedicated service to the community. The clinic has decided to forego all balances owed to the clinic by its patients. Happy Holidays.”

The total cost of the medical debt Dr. Atiq and his family chose to forgive totaled roughly $650,000. A staggering sum, but it allowed the doctor to do something about an aspect of his job that often bothered him. Like many doctors, Atiq was concerned with his patients’ well-being. Medical care is absurdly expensive even with insurance, a sad reality that haunts many doctors trying to best help their patients.

“I just hope that it made it a little bit easier for them. That’s it,” the father of four doctors and doctors-in-training said. “I just hope that it gave them a little sigh of relief and made it easier for them so they could face other challenges they may be facing in their lives.”

8-Yr-Old Battling Cancer Has Dream Come True When He Becomes Santa’s Dentist

8-Year-old cancer patient becomes Santa's dentist
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8-Year-old Alex Carico has overcome more in the last two years than many of us will overcome in a lifetime. Following an incident in late 2018 where he hit his stomach on a table at school, the intensity and duration of the pain caused his parents to take him to the doctor. Rather than the injury they expected, Alex’s parents learned that their young son had a large tumor.

Shortly after the MRI that changed their lives, doctors informed the Carico family that Alex had stage 4 neuroblastoma, a heartbreaking diagnosis that came with a 28% chance of survival. His determined parents, Michael and Bill, uprooted their lives and moved from Las Vegas to North Ridgeville, Ohio so Alex could get the treatment he needed.

Now, Alex is two years out from his initial diagnosis and incredibly, the 8-year-old warrior is cancer-free after aggressive chemotherapy and stem cell treatment. Through his painful therapies and nearly two years of battling cancer, Alex held onto his dream – one day, Alex wants to become a dentist.

“I want to make everyone have a beautiful smile,” Alex told News 5 Cleveland. “Smiles bring hope to the world.”

Thanks to Special Wish Cleveland and Crest’s “12 Days of Smiles” campaign which grants 12 wishes each holiday season, Alex’s dream came true for a day. The young dentist-in-training was taken to a dentist’s office and given the proper uniform. Before long, it was time to pay his first patient a visit – and after all those cookies, as it turns out, Santa Clause was desperately in need of a good cleaning.

Alex revealed some concerning news after Santa’s visit, the jolly old man did in fact have several cavities. After his appointment, the tiny dentist bid farewell to his first patient, urging him to brush twice a day.

The 8-year-old dentist-to-be also had a suggestion for those of us expecting a visit from Santa this year. “Maybe what everyone should do is put toothpaste and a toothbrush right by the cookies and the milk so that he can brush afterward when he eats it.”

I don’t know if there’s some kind of waitlist or something, but as soon as Alex has his degree in hand, I’m going to need an appointment ASAP.

A Grandfather, a Kettlebell, and a Holiday Short That Will Make You Cry

Grandpa Kettle Bell Ad
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Tis the season for holiday shorts that are created solely with the intention of making you cry. Sometimes we need that though, it can be kind of cathartic to feel some tangible emotion, wipe away a few tears, and move on with your day feeling refreshed. I don’t even have to say much about this one to sell you on it. It has no words, and I can’t even tell you the brand it’s advertising because I can’t read German. It all translates though because it’s about a grandfather, and a kettle bell. I don’t want to tell you anymore or spoil the ending, which I DID NOT SEE COMING (ok I did, but only about halfway through).

It will be the most fulfilling 2 minutes you’ll spend on your phone all day.

It features an old man, living alone, who is reminiscing over photos of his family at home. He then goes into the garage and struggles mightily to move an old kettlebell even a smidge. But he trains, day in and day out, in the way only an old man can.

A nosy neighbor phones his family because she doesn’t understand physical exercise and is a rat (this translates into all languages, she is the villain here, mind yo business LADY) at heart. So his daughter comes to check on him, but he continues to train year-round, getting better every day.

Then, at the end of the short, you see the reason he wanted to build a little bit of upper-body strength, and it’s the type of reason that will kick you right in the feels.

The Google Translation of the YouTube description predictably makes little sense, but boils down to your health is the best gift of all, so take care of it so you can spend your time doing what matters in life.

This time of year really pulls out some great onion-cutting content, but this is the pantheon and deserves a solid 10 for the ending and the simple and easy to follow setup.

Michael J. Fox Foundation Receives Award for Advocacy in Parkinson’s Research

Michael J. Fox Foundation receives award for advocacy and policy
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When life hands us seemingly insurmountable challenges, some use those obstacles as motivation for action. At just 29 years old, actor Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, a central nervous system disorder. In 2000, nine years after his diagnosis, Fox founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) which has provided extensive support to those suffering from Parkinson’s.

Michael J. Fox turned his attention to helping fund Parkinson’s research but has also played an enormous role in advocating and lobbying for those affected by the disease. As of 2016, the MJFF began officially working on public health policy, organizing over 20,000 advocates to lobby for issues that are central to the Parkinson’s community.

According to the MJFF website, public policy advocacy is focused on three central areas. Furthering Parkinson’s research for drug development, therapy development, and FDA approval, and access to support services and health care.

On December 9, the MJFF received the Advocacy/Policy Award from the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, making it the second organization to ever receive the award. The award recognized the foundation for its extensive efforts in multiple areas including advocating for those with Parkinson’s, funding research, and increasing the availability of resources.

“This recognition means the world to us,” said Michael J. Fox in a press release. “Twenty years ago, laying out the blueprint for the Foundation, we had no idea it would grow to this extent. With the help of countless individuals, we set out to do whatever it takes to speed tangible results for people and families with PD. If it matters to people with Parkinson’s, we’re on it.”

Michael J. Fox demonstrates firsthand the power of action. Even while coping with the illness in his own life, which has forced him to retire from acting, he dedicates his energy to helping others in the same position. Because of the MJFF and its commitment to fight for those with Parkinson’s, people affected by the disease will never have to take on the fight alone.

Jeff Bridges Shares Health Update: “Feeling Good, Got a Puppy”

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The Dude officially revealed his cancer diagnosis in the fall, and that he was beginning to undergo treatment. It’s been two months since Bridges revealed he had lymphoma, and he has a new update on his health. It’s basically that he is still a badass.

He shared the update on Instagram and on his website, along with a pic of his freshly shaved head and with a new companion at his side.

 

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“Here’s the latest,” he wrote. “Feeling good, shaved my head, got a puppy, had a birthday, 71, man.” All of those things are good. Great news that he’s feeling well, the new hairstyle looks great, puppies rule and birthdays are not to be taken for granted anymore, so cheers from The Dad to The Dude on all counts.

He then directed people to his website for more info, where he goes a little deeper into music and also the charity No Kid Hungry, who he’s worked with previously.

“The health of our children can serve as a compass, letting us know if we are on course,” he wrote. “We’re OFF COURSE, especially during this COVID deal.”

He also shared a commercial he did for the nonprofit.

So, to recap, Jeff Bridges may be battling cancer, but The Dude is still kicking ass.

College Student Designs Smartwatch App To Stop His Veteran Dad’s PTSD Nightmares

Son invents smartwatch app to stop dad's night terrors
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Dads often pride themselves on being problem-solvers. When something’s wrong, dad-senses start tingling and don’t stop until the problem is fixed – or at least until all of the relatively-safe options have been exhausted. But there comes a time in many kids’ lives where their parents are the ones who need help. And incredibly, the kids whose diapers we changed, the ones who would inexplicably forget where their mouths were when it was time to eat (but could always find it when they got their hands on something inedible), they become the ones who save the day.

Patrick Skluzacek was a goofy, excitable, outgoing dad. But after serving as a convoy commander for the U.S. Army in Iraq, something inside of him fundamentally changed. In 2007, when Patrick returned, he was haunted by his experiences overseas. Most disturbingly, Patrick had terrible nightmares – nightmares that left him flailing and sweating as he re-lived the horrors he’d experienced. He had left Iraq, but Iraq had not left him.

The tortured dad began to use alcohol and pills in an attempt to escape from the war that was ravaging his brain, even after his body was no longer physically fighting. Patrick lost his wife, his home, and the life he worked so hard for.

According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Patrick is just one of the 11-30% of veterans who return home suffering from PTSD. Though there are trauma-based approaches to controlling the symptoms, PTSD presents differently in individuals making treatment exceedingly difficult.

In 2015, Patrick’s son Tyler was a senior at his college in Minnesota when he heard about a Washington D.C. hackathon. Each hackathon pulled programmers together to work on finding solutions to specific problems, and coincidentally, this hackathon was geared towards developing apps for people with PTSD. With his dad at the forefront of his mind, Tyler saved up for a ticket and made his way to D.C.

Targeting his dad’s problem, Tyler gathered a team of programmers to create an app to stop night terrors. The smartwatch would track the user’s pulse and movement, and upon receiving data associated with night terrors, the watch would begin to vibrate. According to Tyler, the watch would provide a similar sort of stimulation that a service dog would provide – disrupting the REM cycle and pulling the PTSD sufferer out of their night terror.

The watch would need to provide “just enough stimulus to pull them out of the deep REM cycle and allow the sleep to continue unaffected,” Tyler told NPR.

Once the first prototype was done, Patrick was on board to act as a guinea pig for his son’s invention. Through an enormous amount of tweaking, adjusting both the intensity of the vibrations and the data that caused the watch to respond, Tyler’s app eventually fulfilled its incredible purpose.

“It was night and day when I put that watch on and it started working,” Patrick recalled. The vibrations, he explained, were “little miracles.”

Tyler’s app was purchased by an investor who used it to start NightWare, a company that aims to make the service more widely-available to sufferers of PTSD.

As for Patrick, his life is finally back on track thanks to his son, who is now a graduate student in computer science. He has infrequent nightmares, but his all-consuming night terrors are a thing of the past. The FDA gave its approval for the life-changing app, meaning that before long, many others just like Patrick will finally have their lives back.

CD Projekt Red Responds To Seizure-Inducing Sequences in Cyberpunk 2077

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After review embargoes lifted this past Monday for Cyberpunk 2077, according to one player, the game caused her to have a grand mal seizure.

While one could expect crazy flashing lights from a futuristic cyberpunk city, those with epilepsy need to try to distinguish which video-games are suitable for play and which ones aren’t.  In Cyberpunk 2077’s case, some of those epileptic triggers are unavoidable and come fast.  During one of the “Braindance” sequences, which are an integral part of the main story, Game Informers Liana Ruppert experienced a seizure.

Liana states in her article that when you’re suiting up for the “Braindance”, “The headset fits over both eyes and features a rapid onslaught of white and red blinking LEDs, much like the actual device neurologists use in real life to trigger a seizure when they need to trigger one for diagnosis purposes.”

In response to this, Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red issued a statement on Twitter,

Here is the warning in the EULA, which you can see in the picture below.

CD Projekt Red
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“Nother warning here, an’ it’s an important one too! If you or someone you live with suffers from an epileptic condition, talk to your doctor before jackin’ in to Cyberpunk 2077.”

While the warning is there, a lot of us (myself included) are guilty of just skipping through the agreement and getting right into the action.  It’s important to take the time to read those, but it’s great to see CD Projekt Red taking further action in regards to the matter.  Hopefully, these concerns could be addressed by the developer before the game releases to the public so we can all have a safe gaming experience.

For more information, you can check out Liana Rupperts Epileptic PSA article on Game Informer, where she goes into greater detail on the various epileptic triggers that are in Cyberpunk 2077.