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Navy Seabees Teach Teens Health And Fitness Routines

Like most continuation high schools, Frontier High School in Camarillo doesn’t have sports.

But since November, Seabees have been training students to take care of their health and fitness.

Rene Quiroz is a senior and a foster youth.

“Two years ago I was reckless, no cares in the world, not doing anything. Coming here, it puts things in perspective, how you want to be, what you’re doing right now affects your future,” Quiroz said.

His teacher, Christina Maggio, created the program she calls ‘Fitness For Life Challenge.’

“It wasn’t necessarily for your physical self as fitness for life, meaning; I will make good choices for myself take care of myself and that in turn will make me better at school,” she said.

Seabees say nutrition can help you deal with your emotions.

Chris Fahey, of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3, said, “When you wake up you get your first decision; Am I going to do something for myself, am I going to do something positive for myself, benefit or neglect myself? That decision can carry over as a chain to decisions throughout the day.”

Students learn about the importance of protein, skipping late-night snacks, and getting regular exercise. They also learn about the dangers of drinking and driving.

The Seabees said they would be kicked out of the Navy if they got a DUI. They said drivers who have had a drink or two may also get arrested for something they call “wet reckless driving.”

Students said that information will stay with them.

Quiroz said he now drinks tea instead of sugar-filled sodas.

He credits Maggio and the Seabees for inspiring him to finish school this year and apply to Ventura College. He hopes to become a paramedic.

One Seabee, Jeremy, offered the students his phone number in case they need some help or advice in the future.

Their teacher said it is just the kind of mentoring and male role modeling many of the teens need.

The course wrapped up on Wednesday with a final workout and question and answer period.

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