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Strong messages sent during Silver Springs High School Health Fair

Students at Silver Springs High School participated in a campus-wide Health Fair Friday. Courses included self-defense without violence, secrets of healthy grocery shopping, fitness training, yoga, drumming, frisbee, positive body images, hula hooping, preventing addiction and tobacco addiction prevention.

A former student at Silver Springs High School was one of the many guest speakers, invited by Community Recovery Resources. The 25-year-old, who asked not to be identified, told students about friends who died from overdosing on drugs or alcohol and shared his personal story.

"I used to go to this school," he said. "Statistically speaking, I know eight out of 10 of you are using drugs. I'm not here to say don't do drugs. I'm here to show you where drugs can take you. I've spent a lot of my life behind bars. I was looking at 17 years in prison, but they offered me two years and then rehab. That's when my life changed. It's a stark contrast to what my life used to be, which was doing drugs and going to jail."

Senior Alexandra Steele said the man's message resonated with her.

"He didn't say 'Drugs are bad; don't do drugs!'" she said. "That's easy to disregard. He warned us to watch out for when it becomes a problem."

"At a continuation school like ours, students sometimes make or have made poor lifestyle choices," Principal Marty Mathiesen said. "The education available at this Health Fair can offer healthy alternatives and change lives."

The Health Fair was coordinated by the Nevada County Public Health Department's Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention program, and funded by a grant from the US Department of Agriculture.

"It's a day that exposes students to different avenues of health and well-being, including nutrition education, physical activity, and emotional health," Program Coordinator Lynn Lacroix said.

Junior Katriena Mulligan said she enjoyed the Health Fair, saying, "It's pretty cool for kids to be able to have this experience and find different things to enjoy."