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Metro Wellness Institute Inc. is a DC based fitness and health company that is dedicated to providing CPR, First Aid, and private swimming lessons to people across the country.


We believe that everyone should acquire basic CPR/AED, First Aid, and swimming skills. We also believe that these necessary skills should be learned in the simplest way possible. No matter your level of ability, Metro Wellness Institute Inc. can assist you.


Since our founding, we have been providing services to the following:


·       Local Hospitals

·       Law Firms

·       Personnel Trainers

·       Security Guards

·       Assistant Living Staff and Social Workers

·       Triathletes

·       Basketball Players

·       Football Players

·       Inner-city Youth

·       Families 


A little about the owner:


Darrell Fogan founded Metro Wellness in 1994 and has been teaching for over 30 years. Armed with innovative and specially designed teaching techniques, Fogan set out to encourage people to become mindful swimmers and

to challenge people to perform at a higher performance level.   


Fogan spent 16 years on faculty within Howard University's Health Human Performance and Leisure Studies Department (he served as the Director of Aquatics for 4 of those years), while simultaneously running Metro Wellness Institute Inc.


Fogan earned his masters in Sport Management and Health from Howard University and published his thesis entitled "The Barriers That Impact the Swimming Ability of African-Americans Attending a Southeastern Historically Black College and University (HBCU)". While teaching, Fogan was featured in a New York University (NYU) documentary "Teaching Blacks to Swim Through Fear". 


In 1995 and 2001, he took some time to travel to China and studied at the Beijing Wushu Institute. His second trip to China was during the infamous and heartbreaking 9/11 terrorist attack. He was supposed to board Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon that day. Two days before the deadly crash, Fogan decided to change his flight to China and catch a plane the day

before. The Washington Post wrote an article about Fogan's life sparing moment in 2002. Today, he is a 2nd degree black belt and continues to study the art of Tai Chi. After 9/11, Fogan was inspired to live each day to his fullest potential and to keep teaching valuable skill sets that could potentially

save people's lives.  

Now, Fogan is the Assistant Swim Coach for Howard University's Men and Women Swimming & Dive Team, which is the last HBCU Division I swim team in the country. He also continues to run Metro Wellness Institute Inc. Fogan offers free Tai Chi class in Turkey Thicket Park every Saturday at 8:00am to help people with medical issues and those who care for people with medical issues relieve stress to improve their overall health.  



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