December 2018

"An Epic Event"
Founder and CEO, Ian Acker, described Giving Tuesday as an "Epic Event."

Love Utah Give Tuesday: Community Fundraising Event
"To date this was our most successful event, not because of the money donated, but because of the energy cultivated. Over 150 people participated in our cause, including 8 treatment centers and the Salt Lake County jail, and helped us raise nearly $18,000. It showed us that the community is invested in, and believes in, what we do."

Thank you to everyone who supported us! We love and appreciate every single one of you!
Look at how all our hard work added up. For each movement performed, our generous donors donated .20 cents to the gym.

Way to go Salt Lake County Jail (6,140 movements) and Steps Recovery (2,000 movements!
We build upon each other's success. We succeed TOGETHER.

A Special thank you to Lou Swaringen, Peter Gloeckner, and Andrew Sawyer for matching our movements with money!
Nutrition/Food to Recover  
Food is the ingredient that binds us together
Farewell, Tessa!
At the end of the year, Tessa will step down as our Lead dietitian, as she pursues her new opportunity at the Utah Department of Health working with Community Health Workers statewide.

"It's impossible to describe the impact that founding and leading the Food to Recover program has had on me, both personally and professionally. I've met some of the most brilliant, insightful, kind-hearted, and inspirational people in the FTR kitchen and I got to live out my passion for the past two years, helping people celebrate food and come together around food. I am forever grateful to my brother, Ian, and the entire FTR team who believed in me and supported me through the ups and downs.

I've never witnessed the power of community like I have at Fit to Recover, and I will no doubt remain a part of it! Thank you so much to all the members who supported the Food to Recover program and for all the fun and energy you brought to my time.

This is my last month working at FTR, but you will still see me in the kitchen and the gym with all my favorite people! And, you will see a new wonderful dietitian in my spot, soon!"

Thank you, Tessa, for helping us to Nourish Recovery and providing another outlet of connection for our members!
FTR Guest Chefs highlight the Cooking Skills of FTR Members

We got our rolllllll on with FTR member Hilary Madsen as our sushi teacher.
Our Women's Group (Thursday nights at 7pm) enjoyed a special evening of food and fun!

Kids Christmas Cooking Class
Join us on Monday, December 17th from 5:30-6:30 to decorate Christmas cookies with your little ones. All ages are welcome! $10/pair of parent and kid and $5 for each additional kid. Sign up HERE
Our Next FTR Guest Chef is Tuesday, December 11th from 5:30-7. FTR member Sam Ball will be teaching us how to make poached lemon herbed salmon with fried risotto balls! Sign up here $10
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Just like in recovery, we need to develop a strong foundation to perform our workouts
Our 30 Workouts in 40 Days Fitness Challenge ended on Giving Tuesday and the energy was ELECTRIC! It was one of our largest challenges yet, and we loved seeing the way our community came together.

Here is what some participants had to say:

  • "[The Challenge] helped me get to know FTR better and some of the members. It was a lot of fun!"
  • "It helped me to have a goal and be consistent and disciplined in my exercise practice."
  • "The energy kept bringing me back. I knew I would have friends and trainers to push me through and I felt so much better every time I left a workout!"

As always, we appreciated the camaraderie, fun and positive juju we shared with each other!
Welcome, Trainer Sam!

Long term FTR member, Sam Ball (in yellow), is joining our fitness training staff to help us coach and support our members in the gym! He brings great passion, enthusiasm, and knowledge to our team. Check out his classes Wednesday at 5:30pm and Thursdays at 4:30 PM.
Member Spotlight: Tricia Bateman

Trish is an amazing example of a woman in recovery. High energy, supportive and one of the funniest people on the planet.
Trish is a mainstay in our community often times she helps those who are newly sober with amazing insight and a wealth of experience.
Community Service
Sometimes you can't pay it back, but you can pay it forward
Our Pay it Forward event this month helped all of us to get into the Spirit of Giving! We hit the streets to commit random acts of kindness to encourage others throughout the city to pay it forward. We left gift wrapped sleeping bags, blankets, backpacks, as well as baby wipes on changing tables, laundry soaps at laundry mats and popcorn at video rental machines. The card pictured above was aimed to help keep the Pay it Forward movement going! Look for them still floating around the city!
December Outreach: The Power of Community
This holiday season, Fit To Recover will be organizing a Christmas drive. We will be providing Christmas for those in our community in need of some love and support. 
We will be providing Christmas presents, and Christmas dinner boxes for those in our community, as well has children with incarcerated parents in the Draper prison. We will being collecting donations up until December 18th. More information HERE

Member Spotlight: Jarrod Simmons
 This man is amazing, and his passion for making this world a better place is inspiring. He wanted to do a homeless outreach, which eventually turned into our Pay it Forward Event. He provided many of the donations for the event, too. He always wants to help those tho struggle, like someone did for him at one point. We are proud to have Jarrod a part of our Community!
Frank is a master communicator and great teacher!
I love Vickie! Her classes are SO much fun!
Thank you, Vickie, for your patience and willingness to coach!
Much love to Amy Jefferson! She is awesome!
Ian- for Saturday Bootcamps and his present nature leading people.
Regina, we need you as much as you need us!
It's always an honor to work out with Mario! His presence alone speaks for itself!
Rachel is the
MISSION: FTR's mission is to provide people in recovery from drug and alcohol misuse with a safe place to connect through exercise, nutrition, creative expression and community service.

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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!
Acqua Recovery - Ascend Recovery - Balance House - Brighton Recovery - Cold Creek Behavioral Health - Flourish Bakery-The Haven - Odyssey House - Recovery Ways - Renaissance Ranch Treatment Centers - Turning Point - Salt Lake County Youth Services - Strong Hope/Salt Lake Behavioral Health