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A fitness movement

The CEO of Genesee County Community Mental Health in Flint, Mich., knew he was going against the grain in 2009 when he vowed to devote agency resources to pairing seriously mentally ill clients with personal trainers. Dan Russell would hear staff members wonder aloud what had convinced him to alter his thinking about treatment and recovery, hire “gym teachers” over mental health therapists, and allocate precious dollars from the agency’s general fund for that purpose.


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