Why this organization was formed.
Smart Fit Fam, Inc. with a mission to inspire improved health, nutrition, wellness and fitness lifestyles of families with special needs children was founded in November 2014 by Dr. Alisha Griffith and Mr. Philip Sheehy. Dr. Griffith is the parent of a child on the Autism Spectrum and Mr. Sheehy is the uncle of a child on the Autism Spectrum. Autism has impacted both of them and their families.
Dr. Griffith is an audiologist and a licensed Speech Language Pathologist with over 14 years of experience working with families and children with special needs. Mr. Sheehy is a certified guidance counselor who has a passion and uses his expertise in supporting this population. Working together with their friends, their families and supporters, they were inspired to launch Smart Fit Fam Inc., a holistic approach addressing the needs of families with special needs children. Both Dr. Griffith and Mr. Sheehy are fitness and martial arts instructors at Vee Arnis Jitsu.
Community Needs Served
The founders recognized that there is an increasing amount of childhood obesity due to minimal interest towards physical activities and greater interests in more sedentary activities like watching television, video games, iPads and technology especially in children with special needs. They believe that families need to learn more about healthier alternatives for their children and themselves. They recognize the value of education to motivate and empower individuals and families in fostering a healthier active lifestyles.