Children’s Obesity Fund Helps Establish New Health & Fitness Program for Dads

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The Children’s Obesity Fund is helping a new men’s lifestyle and fitness program get off the ground. Targeted for introduction this summer, Trance Fitness will help men, more specifically fathers, trance-form their lives in order to be a better parent and to raise healthier and happier children.

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Healthy, motivated fathers are crucial to the process of raising happy and active children.

Children’s Obesity Fund, cofounded by Dr. Michael Omidi and Julian Omidi, are supporting the creation and introduction of Trance Fitness, a new multifaceted fitness and lifestyle program for men. Developed by a dad for dads, program components work together to help men during times of transition (divorce, unemployment, etc.) to rework their lives to be more productive and healthy, and thereby better able to love and support their children. Trance Fitness is slated for launch in summer of 2014.

“Trance Fitness takes a comprehensive approach to helping men/fathers through challenging times,” according to Dr. Michael Omidi, cofounder of Children’s Obesity Fund. “Healthy, motivated fathers are crucial to the process of raising happy and active children. My brother and I are very excited about this new program and its potential and are happy to be early supporters.”

Trance Fitness ( is a lifestyle, fitness program to help fathers to improve and better align their physical and mental status through health and fitness. The ultimate goal is for the father to be more present with and a better parent to his children. Trance Fitness is the brainchild of Henry “Chopper” Platt, who turned to the gym to help him “trance-form” his life so that he could be a better father for his toddler son. Following a difficult divorce, Platt found himself depressed, without steady work, and sorely out of shape. The solitude and physical challenge of workouts at the gym helped Platt to form a vision of his future, and then to actually take action in pursuit of it.

“I was there … hurting and alone, with my life in tatters, and without a clue as to where I should go and what I should do. This program will employ the same tactics I used to pull myself together and take charge of my life,” says Platt. “It’s been a long, hard road but today I am physically and mentally strong, and motivated about the future. I know there are other fathers (and men in transition) out there in need of the same kind of trance-formation. It would be my honor to teach these men the methods I used to great success to feel better and revitalize my life and career, not just for me, but also for my son, Austin James Platt.”

Now a certified hypnotherapist, Platt is combining his motivational skills with his body building training to help men overcome their fears, amplify their self-confidence, and successfully navigate their own life challenges. Platt’s trance-formation was motivated by a desire to be there for his son, since he did not have the benefit of his father’s love and support when he was growing up. Trance Fitness is a multifaceted program using:

  •     Fitness boot-camps (solo and father & child events)
  •     Therapy & counseling sessions (one-on-one and in a group setting)
  •     Weight management (with and without hypnotherapy) & grooming tips
  •     Health & wellness seminars about diet and nutrition, meal planning and cooking, etc.
  •     Life coaching about “life after divorce” to help men move on with their lives by re-engineering their careers, learning to budget, getting back to dating, etc.

For more information about Platt’s fitness trance-formation, go to:

Cofounded by Julian Omidi and Dr. Michael Omidi, the Children’s Obesity Fund ( hopes to help reverse the trend of rising obesity rates in America. The goal of the non-profit charity is to help people fully understand the obesity issue and its dire impacts on individuals and society as a whole -- and to use that knowledge to encourage children to grow up strong and healthy. Children’s Obesity Fund partners with other organizations to educate and support parents, educators and others so that we can all work together to raise healthy, active, social, and happy children. While the organization does not accept donations, it does encourage direct contributions of money and talents to the associations featured on our website. Children’s Obesity Fund is on Facebook as well as Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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