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PUT UP YOUR DUKES — Pictured is Danielle Pietrocarlo as the face of the new Free To Be Fit logo. Photo provided by Pietrocarlo.

BY: Jessie Owen, The Sun editor | October 16, 2013

HAMBURG — In the wake of the Oct. 5 Run for the Park in Hamburg, Dani-Fit Director Danielle Pietrocarlo has announced the upcoming creation of a brand-new, local not-for-profit called Free To Be Fit.

Pietrocarlo and trainer Jeffrey Dettelis, who runs his business Eat Live Primal out of the Dani-Fit gym, have been collaborating to channel recent fundraising efforts for the local outdoor adult fitness park and more into a charitable organization.

The two had already been working together on a podcast called Free To Be Fit, which has a stated endeavor of “shedding light on fitness myths and to give the public the truth.”

Pietrocarlo said that this free podcast, which is available on iTunes®, is a way for her and Dettelis to give their audience the tools to be happier and healthier.

After Pietrocarlo began working on fundraising efforts for the outdoor fitness park, slated to be open next summer or the following year at the Hamburg Recreation Park – Nike Base, she said that she realized that the park’s original designated title was a misnomer.

While the planned location had been called the Dani-Fitness Park, Pietrocarlo said that she wanted to put the focus more on the community and on the individuals who will be utilizing the outdoor workout park.

The newly-dubbed Free To Be Fit Fitness Park “is all about the community,” she said, “and it’s about the cause: helping people be happy and healthy and reach their goals.”

The park will come under the umbrella of the currently in-progress charitable organization. Pietrocarlo said that paperwork is being filed with New York state and that the process has officially begun.

“We’ll be able to do so much more with a charitable organization,” she said. “We have so many things in the works; we want to have a gala, and of course, we’ll be doing the 5K every year. There is no ceiling.”

Pietrocarlo said that the catalyst for the new nonprofit was the fitness park, and that monies raised will be going to the new free offering. But even after the park is built, this new nonprofit will continue to raise money for the community.

“We want to continue spreading awareness,” Pietrocarlo said. “We want to get the community healthy.”

She said that the nonprofit designation will give her and the others involved more opportunities to raise money to put back into the local area and she urged people to help her spread awareness about the newly-named Free To Be Fit Fitness Park. “It’s that ripple effect,” she said. “Together, we’re making the community better.”

Pietrocarlo’s and Dettelis’ weekly podcasts will include more information about developments with the new nonprofit and the Dani-Fit studio, in addition to providing listeners with information about health and nutrition. Listen to the stream at freetobefitpodcast.podbean.com.

For more information about the park or the new nonprofit, visit www.freetobefit.us or email ftbfit@gmail.com.

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