PETERSBURG — How did Petersburg native Don “DB Donamatrix” Brooks, a celeb health coach, react to his hometown being ranked the unhealthiest metropolis in Virginia as soon as once more?
Researchers on the College of Wisconsin-Madison launched the findings of the 2022 County Well being Rankings in April. Petersburg was ranked useless final for the fifth time in a row.
In 2018, DB Donamatrix was acknowledged for his contributions to the health and wellness industries. The Metropolis of Petersburg proclaimed April third as Don-A-Matrix Day to encourage all residents to advertise good well being actions and develop into bodily lively.
“Donamatrix Day is particular to me,” DB Donamatrix, a VSU alumni, mentioned. “My mission is to make a distinction that can have an enduring affect on the youngsters, households, colleges, authorities and everybody again dwelling.”
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In March, DB Donamatrix brazenly expressed the way it hurts to learn damaging headlines about his hometown. The person with the plan who needs to alter the narrative of well being outcomes about Petersburg supplies his tackle the 2022 report accomplished by researchers on the College of Wisconsin-Madison.
“I am impressed with Petersburg’s 90% fee for entry to train alternatives. That is big,” DB Donamatrix mentioned. “The 47% mammography screening is value highlighting too. The mayor, metropolis council and Petersburg are doing lots to assist enhance the Metropolis’s well being rankings.”
Petersburg’s little one poverty fee of 36%, single-parent family fee of 52% and lengthy commute-driving alone fee of 34% grabbed DB Donamatrix’s consideration and sparked a dialogue about train psychology.
“Don’s hottest slogan ‘Thoughts Proper, Physique Prepared’ was impressed by his ongoing examine of train psychology which focuses on the connection between the thoughts and physique and promotes involvement and pleasure by way of train,” Teri Benson, a key organizer of Donamatrix Day mentioned. “Theoretical and conceptual frameworks in train psychology are used to rigorously plan and execute Donamatrix Day.”
“Sure, Petersburg has made train alternatives accessible to the individuals who dwell there, however these similar individuals are single dad and mom working exhausting to deal with their family financially… paying lease, mortgage, payments,” DB Donamatrix mentioned. “Till we’re in a position to cut back the kid poverty fee and the general metropolis’s poverty fee, improve native job alternatives which is able to cut back the day by day driving commute, and encourage dual-income households, it’s going to proceed to be exhausting for households to buy higher meals selections and make choices to attend free exercises held at local people facilities or church buildings a precedence.”
DB Donamatrix options:
- Incorporate fitness center and coaching services in metropolis buildings and colleges.
- Set up train tools at out of doors parks.
- Substitute typical merchandising machine snacks and drinks with more healthy choices.
- Begin or finish workers conferences, the college day, and courses with 5-10 minute workouts, meditation or yoga to affect motion and constructive psychological well being.
“Options that improve day by day/hourly motion with out disrupting household routines earlier than or after work or college are essential,” DB Donamatrix mentioned. “It’s also key to provide you with methods to guide wholesome life with out spending cash on extra gasoline or transportation prices.”
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“One of many difficulties now we have confronted with executing Donamatrix Day is gaining sponsorship. Not many well being, health and wellness corporations consider in a metropolis that’s deemed the unhealthiest or in a metropolis that will not give them a lot buzz,” Benson mentioned. “Nonetheless, Don isn’t discouraged. He strikes ahead yearly funding many of the health pageant himself.”
The 2022 free health pageant for all skills, ages and health ranges happened on Saturday, April 2 on the Petersburg Sports activities Advanced. It consisted of a 6-mile household bike journey, bike security checks, music, group health, fishing, well being screenings, children health, reveals, demonstrations, wholesome meals choices and extra.
Donamatrix Day was impressed by DB Donamatrix’s dedication to shift the way in which his hometown views health, vitamin, bodily well being and psychological well being.
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How did Petersburg develop into the town with the poorest well being in Virginia?
“Fixing this may require a radical change within the underlying assumptions round how the Metropolis obtained there,” DB Donamatrix mentioned. “My mission is greater than health.”
The health guru shared the next info:
The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention have reported that fewer than 50% of People take part in common bodily exercise [Ekkekakis, P., Zenko, Z., Sports Psychology, 2016]. Whereas most adults acknowledge the well being advantages of train, they’ve related train with displeasure.
Analysis additional explains that damaging feelings change decision-making habits. This info highlights the general public well being problem of accelerating participation in bodily exercise to boost bodily well being and to buoy the psychological advantages related to bodily exercise [Acevedo, E., The Oxford Handbook of Exercise Psychology, 2012].
“Don won’t surrender on his hometown,” Benson mentioned. “He’ll proceed to collaborate with the Metropolis of Petersburg Mayor and Metropolis of Petersburg Parks & Leisure Companies to handle the Metropolis’s power well being situations.”
DB Donamatrix’s health system Donamatrix Methodology is trusted by Hollywood’s most well-known celebrities. His coaching studio is situated at 7704 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, Calif.
Go to donamatrix.com to be taught extra in regards to the man with a plan who credit the Metropolis of Petersburg for his success.
DB Donamatrix is assured Petersburg will develop into one of many fittest and healthiest locations within the Nation.
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