Founded in March 2015, FIT & NU® traces its origins to a life-changing backpacking expedition through Central America by two visionary sisters. Enriched with cultural experiences and newfound awareness of their individual pursuit of wellness, they returned as certified Zumba instructors, ready to make a difference.
Upon their return to the States, they became the dynamic Zumba duo, leading one of Denver's largest community-based fitness classes, held at New Hope Baptist Church. Their mission was clear: to empower their community to create healthy habits, one dance move at a time. As word spread about their transformative classes, participants began seeking more than just dance—they craved knowledge about nutrition and effective workout methods.
Motivated by a shared commitment to support and educate their growing community, the sisters established FIT & NU as a mobile fitness and nutrition company. This marked the beginning of their journey towards creating a haven of wellness in Aurora, CO.
Over time, the sisters' passion and dedication propelled FIT & NU to evolve into a thriving brick-and-mortar fitness and nutrition club. The space became a beacon of hope, inspiring women of color to embark on a path of holistic well-being and positive change.
In March 2020, as the world grappled with the challenges of COVID-19, FIT & NU demonstrated resilience and adaptability. The sisters pivoted their approach, transitioning to an online platform to continue their mission of igniting a revolutionary health and wellness movement among women of color.
Their unwavering commitment shines through in their pursuit of empowering women to overcome limiting beliefs, embrace their well-being, and proactively combat preventable chronic diseases. By offering accessible resources and culturally sensitive solutions, FIT & NU has fostered a thriving community founded on strength, resilience, and vibrant health.
As the journey continues, FIT & NU remains a testament to the power of determination, unity, and a shared vision of a brighter, healthier future. In this shared pursuit, they redefine wellness and create transformative change, one step, one heartbeat, and one empowering choice at a time.
Founders, Joslyn and Brittney Rae sat down with The Uniquely Small Biz podcast to tell their story! Listen below to hear the tea. It's hot!
We believe that true health and wellness come from a whole-person approach that considers all aspects of an individual's well-being.
At FIT & NU, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment that celebrates and values diversity in all its forms.
We are committed to providing our members with accurate and up-to-date information about health and wellness and practical skills and strategies to make positive changes.
At FIT & NU, we are committed to positively impacting the lives of our members and the communities we serve.
Empowerment is a core value of FIT & NU, as we believe that our members have the power to transform their lives and the lives of those around them.
We measure and track the effectiveness of our programs and continuously innovate to improve our impact. Our goal is to help reduce the risk of chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes while breaking unhealthy lifestyle cycles.
According to the American Diabetes Association, women of color have a higher prevalence of diabetes compared to non-Hispanic white women.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in the United States. Women of color are more likely to develop heart disease at a younger age and have a higher risk of dying from it compared to non-Hispanic white women. African American women have the highest rates of heart disease, followed by Native American, Hispanic/Latina, and Asian/Pacific Islander women.
Women of color are more likely to experience mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) compared to non-Hispanic white women. African American women have higher rates of PTSD and depression, while Asian American and Pacific Islander women have the highest rates of suicide ideation.
Women of color have higher rates of obesity compared to non-Hispanic white women in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the age-adjusted prevalence of obesity among adult women (age 20 and over) in the United States in 2019-2020 was:
54.8% for non-Hispanic Black women
44.8% for Hispanic women
38.3% for non-Hispanic White women
17.4% for Asian women