Fresh Start Fitness

The NAC is proud to announce that we have teamed up with Newtown Behavioral health recovery center in creating a scientifically based fitness program focused on helping those in recovery or with behavioral health conditions ease in towards a healthier lifestyle. The Fresh Start Fitness (FSF) program offers a pathway for patients to regain their health through a NON-INTIMIDATING, LOW INTENSITY workout regimen allowing them to slowly acclimate back to fitness.  This program is a collaborative effort by Joseph Yi, MD (holistic psychiatrist and Co-Founder of Newtown Behavioral) and Sarah Gimmell (exercise physiologist of the Newtown Athletic Club). The FSF program is an empowering tool for those in recovery who want to improve their physical and emotional health through evidence-based exercises that are both fun and effective.  Men and women of different fitness levels are encouraged to participate as we can modify exercises to meet your needs.

A recent study conducted by Dr Wang of Shanghai University collected 23 years worth of data on the impact of physical exercise on patients with substance use disorders.  The results indicated that physical and mind-body exercises can significantly:

– Increase Abstinence

– Ease Withdrawal Symptoms

– Reduce anxiety & depression symptoms

– improve self-esteem

Through the FSF program, we hope to have the opportunity to assist those on the road to recovery and wellness. In an effort to provide community service to those afflicted with addiction or behavioral health conditions, the NAC is offering special benefits, including discounted rates (small groups, personal training, and membership) for those who qualify.  For information on how to qualify for the benefits of the Fresh Start Fitness program, please click below:

For more information on Dr Joseph Yi’s Behavioral Health Recovery program, please visit

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