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

Frank Young has been a staple in the gym for over 2 years.  Among his mentors is FTR's previous lead trainer, James Sjostrom.  Frank brings 11 years of management experience and a deep reverence for what the practice of fitness has to offer those who are willing to "suit up and show up."  As the father of 5 children, he knows how to balance strength with compassion.
He is eager to support our team of trainers in building a culture with connection at its' core.  When he writes workouts on the board, you will also see words like " commitment" " willingness" and " honesty."  Frank seeks to bring deeper lessons to our activities in the gym, and to show how lifting kettle bells can actually teach us to live by true principles.  These principles can translate into everything we do.  
In the first trainer meeting we discussed ideas such as:  more communication between trainers to offer consistent programming, a blog written by trainers about inspirational moments in the gym, continued education and advancement of trainers so we can offer new challenges to our members, and above all how we can connect with classes in a meaningful way.  Frank understands that FTR is built on a foundation of service, and this is our deepest strength. 
Creative Arts: Paint Nite and Kid's Turn

Kid's Turn Art Yoga Nutrition    Kids want our time and attention more than anything.  At FTR we offer opportunities to build meaningful relationships.  Parents just may learn something too! This   Saturday August 12th from 2-4 pm $20 suggested donation.
This month we are focusing on being Grounded in Strength. We will paint rocks to claim the ground and decorate the garden.  In yoga the warrior pose teaches the body to be powerful. We will snack on foods to make us strong, and find out how they work in our bodies. 

Paint Nite Paint Nite is an introduction to acrylic paint on canvas.  This event is for those who have always wanted to paint, but have been afraid to try.  It is for the artist which within who has been sleeping. In the FTR studio we maintain a supportive space to try new things.  Just as we say in the gym, "All you need to do is show up with an open mind!"  Monday August 28th from 6:30-8:30 pm

One Night To Write 
River Writing is one of FTR's most popular forms of creative expression! In August there will be two opportunities to join your fellow storytellers at the table.  All you need is a notebook, a pen and a little bit of courage.  August 13th and 27th from 6-8 p.m.  It is free and open to all.  Look for full 6 week sessions of River Writing to start in the Fall! 

Nutrition/Food To Recover:  Let's get CHOPPING in August!  

Tuesday August 8th, 5:30-7 pm - "Little Italy" - Healthy, easy Italian favorites in a flash! With summer's fresh produce, you'll taste classic flavors that will make any day better!

August 10th, 7 pm
- "Garden Dinner" with Women's Group. Share a healthy meal together straight from the garden and discuss re-connecting with food and our hunger cues. Practice Mindful Eating and gratitude towards food.
Thursday August 17th 5:30-6:30 pm - Taco Thursday! Come learn and enjoy many different types of tacos that can be a quick lunch or a weekend feast! Meat and vegetarian friendly.
Saturday August 19th, 5-7 pm - Fit to Recover CHOPPED! With 2 professional chefs from the FTR community as team leads, we will reenact the popular Food Network show, Chopped. Join a team, and work with your chef to create 2 dishes from the "mystery basket" of ingredients! Judges will come from the FTR community too! Email Tessa ( to sign up as a team member or judge by August 15th! Or, simply come to watch! We need an encouraging audience (who also gets taste tests!) 
Tuesday August 22nd ,5:30-7 pm -  Community Meal Prep! Our once a month meal prep together where members contribute a small list of ingredients to the group. Then, we create 4-5 delicious dishes to take home for our week! Sign-up is required by August 18th on the facebook page, or email Tessa!
Service:  Recovery Day and Clothing Drive

The Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA) will host the National Rally for Recovery to be held on September 9, 2017.  We expect thousands to walk with us through downtown Salt Lake City in support of recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. Live bands, dignitaries from the national recovery movement, public officials, persons in recovery, families, community supporters, and friends of recovery will join the celebration.

FTR is also taking donations for two projects this month.
1.  Ascend Recovery - We are need of kids clothes for Pre-k through 6th grade, hygiene kits and underwear. These items will be donated to the school TSE' BII' NIDZISGAI its on the Navajo reservation in Monument Valley. 95% of these kids are considered to be homeless living with other families or in inadequate facilities. Since they are located in Utah and the majority of the reservation is in Arizona they have a hard time getting funds from both the state and Navajo nation. Stay tuned for an FTR outreach with Ascend Recovery to the School to help build a Hogan. 

2. The Road Home - Men and Women's clothing (Only donate clothing you would still wear yourself) socks, bra's, underwear, shoes, hygiene products of all kinds (alcohol free), non-perishable food and water.

All donations need to be received by Saturday August 12th

MISSION: FTR's mission is to help individuals maintain long-term recovery from drugs and alcohol through exercise, food and nutrition, creative arts, and community service in a safe, supportive, aspirational and positive environment.

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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 Charities
Nicholas Zurn Scholarship Fund
Utah Medical Association
The Wheeler Foundation
United Way of Salt Lake
Zions Bank  
And to our Recovery Partners!
Ascend Recovery  - Balance House - Brighton Recovery - Cold Creek Behavioral Health - Odyssey House - Recovery Ways - Renaissance Ranch Outpatient - Turning Point - Salt Lake County Youth Services - Strong Hope/Salt Lake Behavioral Health - Wounded Warrior Project