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Fitness center to raise funds for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

By Grace Pecci | Nov 9, 2019

NASHUA – With suicide being the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a local physical fitness center is working to end the stigma surrounding suicide and mental illness.

On Nov. 23, Dynamic Strength and Conditioning will be hosting Help our Heroes: A Charity Workout Challenge.

All funds raised will go toward the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

According to Altitude Physical Therapy owner Jamie Morse, this is the first time they have hosted a charity workout to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Morse said for the last four years they have conducted an event each spring called 50 Legs in honor of those who were victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Last fall, they also hosted an event to benefit the ALS Foundation.

“We are so incredibly excited to be hosting this,” Morse, who runs her own physical therapy practice at Dynamic Strength and Conditioning, said.

What sparked the idea to host a workout to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention was the recent passing of Capt. Jon Lehto, as well as a retired firefighter who recently took their life. Dynamic Strength and Conditioning wanted to show its support for those who have lost their lives to suicide as well as survivors.

The event is open to the public for those ages 14 and up.

Those who are interested in participating must be in teams of four. The workout will be run in stations that include an Airdyne bike, a rowing machine, a rower, a ski-ergometer machine, a versa-climber, a treadmill and sleds. The cost is $25 and registration can be found online at http://bit.ly/HelpOurHeroesAFSP.

Workouts will take place at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at Dynamic Strength and Conditioning located at 115 Northeastern Blvd. in Nashua.

Morse said each workout can support 25 teams of four to five people.

“We just thought, especially given the nature of our first responders, they would enjoy a team competition,” Morse said.

“It is such a community here,” she added.

“We want to bring in as many people as we can to benefit this organization,” Morse said.

Morse said there will be a strong representation from the Nashua Police and Fire departments.

“We want to reduce the stigma that surrounds suicide, as it has really touched our community closely. We want to see to see what we can do to support first responders,” Morse said.

Those who don’t want to or can’t participate in the workout can still donate at http://bit.ly/HelpOurHeroesAFSP or by visiting https://afsp.org/take-action/give-a-gift/.


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