Dana Melvin, B.A.'87
Phat, Not Fat
Phat is a good thing: It’s attractive, healthy, cool.
And certified personal fitness trainer and author
Dana Melvin wants to inspire African-American
women to become phat.
To that end, the former Buffalo Bills wide receiver penned
PHAT & FIT: The Ultimate Workout for Women of Color
(Booklogix Publishing Services, 2011) to “shed light on
cultural differences pertaining to African-American women”
while motivating readers to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
black women’s body
types from those
of other races, and
examines the social
and lifestyle factors
that often influence
eating habits and
physical activity levels. He takes note of issues, such
as health problems and stress, that must be taken into
account when an individual makes diet and fitness
changes. PHAT & FIT also includes recipes, as well
as descriptions and illustrations of exercises.
Melvin’s interest in health and fitness was piqued at
the University at Albany, where he majored in Africana
studies and minored in medical anthropology. His
anthropology classes made him think about “human
health and its cultural distinctions” and about sharing
that knowledge with others. As president/owner of
Dana’s Total Fitness in Maryland and Georgia and a
longtime physical education teacher and coach in both
states, Melvin remains committed to his “quest to mold
the lives of children and save lives.”
His newest enterprise, a business venture with WellSpa,
opened last year in Atlanta, where the native New Yorker
resides with his family.
Visit Melvin’s Web site at www.danastotalfitness.com.