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 
Listen to KRCL's Radio Active Interview with FTR's Tessa Acker and Frank Young recorded January 3, 2018. (Start listening at minute 33:07)
Thank You from FTR Founder,
Ian Acker
I'd like to take a minute to thank the hundreds of people who have helped FTR ring in our 4th year. To our dedicated board of directors who made FTR possible; to our amazing staff who show up every day to help every person feel the hope and possibilities of recovery; to our 150 members who demonstrate to each other and to newcomers the importance of community; to our 12 treatment centers who understand the critical need for a safe and supportive place for their post-treatment clients; to our generous individual donors who have seen the impact FTR has had on their loved ones; and to our foundation and corporate partners who understand and have invested in the healing powers of this unique place. 
These include Zions Bank, Sorenson Legacy Foundation, Episcopal Diocese of Utah, Intermountain Healthcare, Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation, the LDS Foundation, Utah Medical Foundation, the George S. and Dolores D. Eccles Foundation, the John Parrish Foundation and the Macomber Family Foundation. As we enter our 4th year of service, thank you for helping FTR exercise recovery. ~ Ian Acker, Founder, Executive Director 

Creative Expression: New Year, New Classes!
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."
-- Albert Einstein
At FTR, we grow strong on the outside and on the inside. Yes, we are a gym, but we also offer classes in Creative Expression. The same spirit which empowers our bodies in the gym can carry us to try new things, and to explore our inner selves. Many FTR members have been inspired using the artistic tools of writing and painting. Our beautiful  kitchen blazes with the warmth of imagination and creativity!
Open Studio is free for members and $5 for guests or community members. Every Sunday from 2-4 p.m., interested individuals are welcome to come work on their own projects with the support of a trained art educator and your fellow FTR artists.

River Writing Sunday Group - January 21st - February 25
River Writing Monday Group - January 15th - February 19th
FTR's most popular Creative Expression class, River Writing, is a dynamic group where we practice free flow writing. The cost is $80 for each 6-week course, and scholarships are available for people unable to afford the cost. To reserve your spot, call Fit To Recover at 801-410-8988, or sign up online here.
Nutrition/Food To Recover:  Let's Learn to Cook Together! 
Want to eat healthy and delicious food, save money on eating out, and connect with your food and those around you? Learn to Cook with Food to Recover! 
Our six-week cooking course, "Learn to Cook in 2018," begins Wednesday, January 10, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., and will meet every Wednesday until February 14. Cooking and sharing a meal can help bring you closer to people, celebrate special moments, and work through tough times. You will learn the techniques, combinations, and basic methods to make affordable and healthy food for yourself and those around you. Even if you have NO cooking experience, this class is for you! 
Learn to Cook
This 6-week course created by a registered dietitian and professional chefs allows you to learn the basics of cooking, including:
Week 1: Knife Skills and Recipe Reading 
Week 2: How to Combine Flavors and Foods 
Week 3: Basics of Baking 
Week 4: Sauces and Sautéing 
Week 5: Marinades and Meats 
Week 6: Very Veggie- how to cook veggies and vegetarian meals that taste good!

The cost for the whole 6-week course is $85, with scholarships available! You will receive handouts, recipes, and taste test recipes at each class. These skills build on each other, so it's important to attend every class, if possible! To reserve your spot, call Fit to Recover at 801-410-8988 or sign up online here.  
For recipes, pictures, and other foodie fun, visit the Food2Recover blog:  
Service:  Spirit of Christmas Outreach
On Christmas morning, FTR members followed Rachel Santizo into the cold. They brought coats, tarps, warm food, haircuts and friendship to those without a home. Thank you Rachel, for leading us into unseen spaces and for showing us the real people who live there.

"What I feel and see is change. At the vigil this year, there was so
much recovery representation it was breathtaking. I was looking at pics from the outreach with tears in my eyes. I had the same thoughts. Some of us came from the streets or are one decision away from being there. It is like what is, and what could be. The diversity, willingness and commitment from the community coming together was absolutely remarkable. It's early, it's cold, it's snowy but people "want" to give back. The spirit of Christmas  was definitely felt in every beautiful possible way." 
~ Rachel Santizo, FTR Community Service Pillar Lead

For questions about FTR's Community Service program,  contact:   Rachel Santizo @ 385-414-7174 or
Above right: FTR members  Clay Cross and Katrina Loken at the Candlelight Vigil on Dec. 21 for lives lost to Homelessness in 2017.

Fitness:  30 in 40 Challenge
We start every fitness class at FTR by circling up and setting an intention. That's why we are charging into the new year with a simple challenge:   attend 30 fitness classes in 40 days.  It's easy. Our sign up board is almost full and we are racking up stickers, one sticker per class.  However we'd be happy to make another slot for you.  It's not too late to sign up.  The challenge runs from January 1 through February 9.

If you complete the challenge, you will get an FTR original "30 in 40" t-shirt. But more important than the t-shirt is the strength of habit and momentum you will build.  One of our core principles in the gym is consistency.  Ian says it at the start of every Bootcamp: 
"Just show up, don't compare yourself to others, and do your best."

If you haven't read the trainer blog yet, check it out.  Each month, the FTR trainers write about their meaningful experiences.  They see inspiring moments every day and they want to share them with you. Do you have a golden nugget from the gym? Email our editor Sarah
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 - The Haven - Odyssey House - Recovery Ways - Renaissance Ranch Treatment Centers - Turning Point - Salt Lake County Youth Services - Strong Hope/Salt Lake Behavioral Health