Petersburg native DB Donamatrix offers hometown healthy lifestyle tips

PETERSBURG — How did Petersburg native Don “DB Donamatrix” Brooks, a celebrity fitness trainer, react to his hometown being ranked the unhealthiest city in Virginia once again?

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison released the findings of the 2022 County Health Rankings in April. Petersburg was ranked dead last for the fifth time in a row.

In 2018, DB Donamatrix was recognized for his contributions to the fitness and wellness industries. The City of Petersburg proclaimed April 3rd as Don-A-Matrix Day to encourage all citizens to promote good health activities and become physically active.

“Donamatrix Day is special to me,” DB Donamatrix, a VSU alumni, said. “My mission is to make a difference that will have a lasting impact on the children, families, schools, government and everyone back home.”

Donamatrix Day at Petersburg Sports Complex on April 2, 2022.

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In March, DB Donamatrix openly expressed how it hurts to read negative headlines about his hometown. The man with the plan who desires to change the narrative of health outcomes about Petersburg provides his take on the 2022 report completed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.