Find Updates on our Four Pillars of Strength
The 4 Pillars of FTR
Look for updates on our "Four Pillars" each month:  Fitness, Nutrition, Community Service, and Artistic Expression. Using these elements, FTR members grow strong. Comments? Suggestions? Contact newsletter editor Sarah Kappos at 

FTR Birthday Bash will Make you Stand up and Cheer!
Join us this Friday (Feb. 10) as FTR turns two!! Hundreds of hours of planning by dozens of people have gone into FTR's 2nd Anniversary Celebration, the Festival of Four Pillars. Special thanks to our Anniversary chairperson Stephanie Roque for her tireless and excellent work! Join Channel 4 anchor Randall Carlisle, the pioneers of FTR, members, sponsors, donors and friends for an evening of delicious refreshments, opportunity drawings and silent auction, inspiring music and recovery stories, and interactive stations where you'll actually participate in FTR's trademark 4 Pillars! 
Festival of the Four Pillars 2nd Anniversary Party will be held Friday, February 10, from 7-10 pm.Party tickets ($25/member, $50/nonmember) are available HERE. Space is limited so purchase your tickets today! 
Creative Arts: Women's Group Hosts FTR's First 
"Paint Nite"

Since FTR first began in an upstairs room at USARA, Lacey Garcia has been running a women's group.  She calls it her "baby."  Every Thursday night an intimate group cozies up together to swap stories, offer support, and learn from each other. This month, Lacey wanted to spice things up!  She and Sarah Kappos (Creative Arts Specialist) hosted a Paint Nite.

Themes included working with your mistakes and going with the flow.  Art making has an inherent ability to teach you about yourself, to uncover fears and allows a medium for moving through these inhibitions.  The ladies got to laugh at themselves and marvel at their different approaches to the timeless practice of painting.

Food to Recover's Tess Acker provided savory food for the artists to enjoy, and the kitchen was buzzing with enthusiasm.  Everyone down in the gym wanted to know what was cooking upstairs!
Look for many more opportunities for Paint Nite because it was a hit! The next one is scheduled for February 27th from 6-8 pm and spots will fill up fast.
Lacey is also eager to bring more new activities to her "Baby" so stay tuned. Her Women's Group meets Thursday nights at 7 pm upstairs in the kitchen.

"FTR's woman's group has done so much for me. To put it simply, it is a place where I can go and feel a part of. Trust me, there is nothing comfortable about walking into a room of woman who you don't know. But through being uncomfortable I've been able to grow and change. I love this group and how it has benefited my sobriety and my sanity."
~ Belinda M.
Food To Recover:  One-on-One Consultations Help Us Meet Our Goals!
With the Logbook Challenge in full swing, FTR's lead dietitian Tess Acker has been busy meeting with gym members in one-on-one discussions about food.

Using her expertise and down-to-earth practice of mindful eating, she helps them make realistic goals to fuel their bodies for success.  

Tess focuses on simple lifestyle changes rather than radical sweeping extremes.  The buzz is spreading and people are talking about food in a positive way.  

Make your appointment with Tess today!

Coming up in February are two nutrition workshops focused on a cornerstone of eating well, and that is meal preparation.   "Meal Prep 1" Planning and Purchasing on February 13th at 5:30 p.m. and "Meal Prep 2" Preparing on February 28th at 6:30 p.m.  These workshops are fun and free to FTR members.  

Fitness: Log Books Bring Fresh Focus 

The Logbook Challenge is in full swing and it shows! Classes at FTR have been bigger than ever as members recommit to their goals and to each other.  In true FTR style, when this crew rallies, they are powerful!
James Sjostrom has an arsenal of new equipment, and with it, he brings fresh movements. There is never a dull moment in his classes.  James couples expert training with what we affectionately call "Dad Jokes."   He keeps us laughing and sweating.  If you have yet to try club bells, slam balls, or the ominous airdyne come join us for an hour.   Classes are available daily at NOON, 4:30,5:30 and 6:30 pm. (excluding Friday 6:30)

Those who signed up for the Logbook Challenge are digging deep into the underlying reasons for their training, they are connected as a team, and they are looking at strength from all angles.  Each of FTR's six trainers are eagerly soaking up feedback as they listen to members' goals and work to help them achieve.  These aspirations vary widely from keeping a gratitude journal to mastering the kettlebell swing, to taking 10 minutes for meditation.  
Service: Share the Love in February  
Fit To Recover is excited to announce the first Service workshop at the FTR gym.  In collaboration with Food to Recover, Community Service Director Rachel Santizo is hosting a night of baking and collecting donations for our homeless outreach efforts. In the sweet spirit of Valentine's Day, cookies will be made and decorated.  Bring your family and spend an evening with us.  Friday February 15th from 6:30-8:30 pm

FTR will also have a booth at the Safe Kids Fair on Saturday February 25th from 9 am - 5 pm at the Southtown Expo Center. (located at: 9575 State St, Sandy, UT 84070) This fair is presented by Rocky Mountain Power and 
 In the hopes of educating our youth in a preventative way, we will be on site, spreading the word about our powerful sober community.  
Stop by, say hi to Rachel and meet Captain America! There are tons of free activities for kids where they can meet the police officers and firefighters who keep our cities safe.

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Special thanks to our Champion donors:
The George S. and Dolores D. Eccles Foundation
The Sorenson Legacy Foundation
The Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation
Episcopal Diocese of Utah
Intermountain Healthcare
Val and Edith Green Foundation
Larry H. Miller Family Charities
Nicholas Zurn Scholarship Fund
Petzl Foundation
Utah Medical Association
The Wheeler Foundation
United Way of Salt Lake 
And to our Recovery Partners!
Ascend Recovery  - Balance House - Brighton Recovery - Cold Creek Behavioral Health - Recovery Ways - Renaissance Ranch Outpatient - Turning Point - Salt Lake County Youth Services - Strong Hope/Salt Lake Behavioral Health - Wounded Warrior Project