JUNE 2019





“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way that we couldn't as individuals.”  – Jean Vanier


On May 11th, our 300+ person bootcamp was a hit! We partnered with Recovery Strong to help bring people together to raise awareness about Mental Health Month. We heard stories, cultivated love, spread support, and connected through music, food, exercise, and community. During this month- and every month- we remind you to reach out if you are struggling. Other people can relate and professionals can help you.


All four of FTR's pillars collaborated to make this a powerful and memorable event. Our Executive Director, Ian Acker, led the bootcamp, while our lead fitness trainer, Frank Young, helped us find our breath to re-center ourselves and be in the present moment. Our creative expression pillar, led by think benjamin, provided the uplifting beats and momentum to keep our burpees strong. Cassidy, our Food to Recover dietitian, helped to nourish our bodies after the workout.  We all rallied together around a cause that is very important to our community. Thank you for being there with us.






Music Group Wednesday's
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Music Group's focus is on collective song writing, singing, instrument layering, recording and performing.  The group is currently working on a performance in August where they will open for the FTR Concert featuring think benjamin and Mark Battles.  This group is an open group, however to be part of the performance a commitment is required. Various genres will be explored: jazz, hip-hop, indie, rock, country, funk, world, etc.


August 16th Mark Battles and think benjamin concert at FTR.  More info coming your way soon...  Want to be part of this?  Come join the Music Group on Wednesday's!

Free Form Saturday’s Bi-Weekly - Saturday's 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm  Free Form Saturday’s are informal open sessions where individuals can work on their own lyrics, work collectively on songs, and have the opportunity to get behind the microphone. 

Previous experience in music is never required, only the desire and willingness to be a part of a creative process. 






Teaching kids how to cook from a young age can help form healthy habits, improve confidence, and learn new hobbies!

Kids take over the Kitchen

Nine Junior Chefs joined their parents in the Food to Recover kitchen to make healthy summer snacks, including  fruit salsa, bell pepper nachos, apple pops, and fruit fizzies. 

We are also 3 weeks into our 6 week "Learn to Cook" course. So far, we have mastered knife skills, flavor combinations, and baking! Up next: we'll learn about sauces and sautéing, meats and marinades, and veggies!


Chef John, a member of our recovery community, helped teach us basic knife skills to bring us confidence and efficiency in the kitchen! Don't miss his Guest Chef Class on June 25th 5:30-7pm in the Food to Recover kitchen, $10 donation suggested. 

Join us for Community Meal Prep every Tuesday 5:30-7 in the FTR kitchen! $20 to take home 5 meals. Learn healthy meals, make new friends, and see the POWER of community!

Nutrition Counseling with our Registered Dietitian

Are you interested in improving your relationship with food? Do you have a nutrition goal that we can help you set goals and stay accountable? Are you interested in learning more about how to eat healthy in a way that works for you?

Set up an appointment with our Registered Dietitian, Cassidy Moore.

We offer very affordable rates. Contact Cassidy today for more information at Cassidy@fit2recover.org.






Free Barbell Clinic June 15th at 4PM

Looking to improve your form, learn new techniques, or simply want to connect with others?

Join us for a Free Barbell Clinic to go over the basics of barbell exercises in a non-judgmental, welcoming environment. 

No matter your fitness level or experience, we guarantee you will walk away with helpful information and confidence!

We want to give a shout out to FTR member, Rachel Crampton, for her constant willingness to help, connect, and support people in class. 

Rachel is a  hard worker with a smile that can light up a room!



Throwback Tuesday! 

Looking back helps us to keep looking forward!

This photo was taken June of 2015, before our climbing wall was built by Petzl; before Food to Recover was fully launched or the garden planted; and before our Music Program took off; we still had the same solid community members that we have today, working hard for themselves and for each other.

We are so grateful for all our veteran members and new members who walk through our doors everyday.






Volunteer opportunities are available at Fit to Recover. 

Please contact Nicolette at nicolette@fit2recover.org for more information. 

Our next Community Outreach will be in August!


Odyssey House has been 

supporting FTR since 2017.

The Support Goes Both Ways

This month, we'd like to thank Odyssey House for their partnership. Odyssey immediately saw the value and importance of FTR's pillars and community. They enrolled many of their houses in fitness and cooking classes at FTR. We always support Odyssey House and appreciate all that they do for us and so many people in need.




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

Stephen and Suzanne Acker

Larry H. Miller Charities

Nicholas Zurn Scholarship Fund

The Macomber Family Foundation

Utah Medical Association

The Wheeler Foundation

Smith's Foods

United Way of Salt Lake

Zions Bank 

And to our Recovery Partners!

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

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.

 789 W 1390 S Salt Lake City, UT 84104 | 801-410-8988 | 



Fit To Recover
789 West 1390 South • Salt Lake City, UT 84104
+1 (801) 410-8988
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