We are still doing Bootcamp on Saturdays in Sugarhouse Park!
Here are a few highlights of activities in August
Contact newsletter editor Sarah Kappos with content suggestions (skappos@gmail.com) 
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Community Outreach

Being selfless regardless of one's condition or state of being. . . Loving one another and being of service is how we make a difference. Sharing your story to inspire others  ❤️ Join FTR and @legacyinitiativeofutah this Saturday August 6th at 1pm for Feed The Streets Outreach.
We meet just west of Pioneer park in the alley way. Please have at least 6 months of sobriety for this outreach. Donations such as water, granola bars, socks and hygiene products are greatly appreciated.

Ever yone wants to feel loved and apart of. Let's help the less fortunate feel that this Saturday!  
Artistic Expression
With the new session of River Writing under way, inquiries are trickling in about how to sign up. The Fall session starts September 24th. It runs for 6 weeks and the cost is $80.  All proceeds go to Fit to Recover to further development and help serve our community.
The current session of writers will be sharing the fruits of their writing at a Poetry Reading on September 17th.  This will be an evening worth attending, as the energy of public reading is electric and contagious!
Going forward, Fit to Recover will be offering this empowering practice to clients of the  treatment centers with whom we have contracts. In the spirit of strength in all areas, we strive to offer multiple tools to support our growing population.

Sarah Kappos is eagerly developing programs for Artistic Expression as she joins the FTR team as a new employee this month.  
Fitness:  Rock Climbing Gaining Momentum 
Under the passionate leadership of Marci Warner, project coordinator for the climbing wall, FTR members are growing their skills. Come climb with her on Saturday mornings at 11:30 a.m. directly after bootcamp. 
The fire is catching on and these adventurous folks are taking their new-found abilities out onto the granite faces of our beautiful mountains.  
Saturday, August 6th
Join us for a knot tying/belay lesson.  Learn the basic skills for climbing outside or inside the gym!  
Healthy Habits Workshop Follows August 20 Bootcamp 
The FTR nutritionists will be at it again offering a  Healthy Habits workshop on Saturday August 20th right after 10 am Bootcamp in Sugar House park. 

This workshop is specifically catered to you and your nutrition needs. In addition to a "breakfast on-the-go" demonstration and discussing tips for maintaining your momentum throughout the day, nutritionists will be creating personalized goals to guide your journey toward a healthier lifestyle. And if you missed last month's mouthwatering smoothies demonstration, here are the recipes (both are from eatingwell.com):
Watermelon-Mango Smoothie (makes 2 servings) Ingredients:
  • 1 cup chopped watermelon
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 frozen medium banana
  • 1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
Preparation: Combine watermelon, mango, banana and yogurt in a blender. Puree until smooth.  Nutrition Per serving: 176 calories; 2 g fat (1 g sat, 1 g mono); 7 mg cholesterol; 33 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 28 g total sugars; 8 g protein; 2 g fiber; 88 mg sodium; 616 mg potassium.
Almond Butter & Banana Protein Smoothie (makes 1 serving) Ingredients:
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoons unflavored protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener of your choice (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 - 6 ice cubes
Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Nutrition Per serving:  402 calories; 22 g fat (2 g sat, 11 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 37 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 14 g total sugars; 19 g protein; 9 g fiber; 376 mg sodium; 867 mg potassium.
Food To Recover would also like to invite members to browse the garden at FTR and take any veggies they wish!  They are growing for everyone!
Spotlight: Bruna Brito

She is a Jiu Jitsu champion, and is certified by Strongfirst instructor.  Bruna is a fitness instructor at FTR and can often be seen at the gym with her tiny toy poodle, Nina, in tow.  

 When asked,
"What did you bring with you from Jiu Jitsu into the gym?"
She responds,
"I learned everything in Jiu Jitsu.  I learned values like respect, and determination, We had respect for our Master.  We would bow every time we would fight, every time we would leave the mat."

Bruna recently celebrated a personal record by pressing a 28 kg. kettlebell!  That is .42% of her body weight and a fierce accomplishment.  In her playful way, she high-fived everyone and danced on her tip-toes.

When asked why she picked FTR to call home, she said it is unlike any other gym.  Upon arrival in Salt Lake from Brazil, Bruna began touring Crossfit gyms in the valley.  At Fit to Recover she found a friendliness and a genuine caring among the people.  She also appreciates the level of vulnerability and the connection it affords.  At the other gyms, "nobody smiled."  It was so serious.  At FTR people talk to each other and support each other.  They hav
e fun.
Bruna is currently studying psychology at the University of Utah, and hopes to bring together her passion for helping people grow strong both mentally and physically as a therapist and fitness instructor.   She earned her SUDC (Substance Use Disorder Counselor) certification this summer.  We are privileged to have such an ambitious and compassionate woman on our team.

Special thanks to our Champion donors:
The George S. and Dolores D. Eccles Foundation
The Sorenson Legacy Foundation
Cold Creek Behavioral Health
Elevated Billing
Nicholas Zurn Scholarship Fund
Petzl Foundation
United Way of Salt Lake
And to our Recovery Wall Partners!
Ascend Recovery  - Renaissance Ranch Outpatient - Turning Point - Salt Lake County Youth Services - Strong Hope/Salt Lake Behavioral Health - Wounded Warrior Project