Man holds large scissors to cut a red ribbon while three others watch.

From left are Treatment Team Supervisor George Castellanos, Program Administrator Jennie Dillon, Superintendent (A) Kenneth Fewer and Correctional Business Manager John Branch.

By Karette Fussell, PIO
Ventura Youth Correctional Facility

What seems to be key to staying fit is exercising and Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (VYCF) opened the Activity/Fitness Center during a recent ribbon cutting ceremony with the objective of making exercise opportunities more readily available to staff in order to help them achieve and maintain their fitness goals.

In a fast-paced correctional setting, sustaining a wholesome diet in addition to personal fitness can go a long way toward maintaining a balanced life, stabilizing overall health and well-being all while building a healthy workforce. All staff are welcome to use the Activity and Fitness Center in Bungalow 2 within the VYCF campus.

New treadmills, weights, exercise bikes and other workout equipment flanked the exercise area which was fortified with plush exercise flooring and the walls were decorated with motivational messages and serene pictures. Guests were provided bottled water and healthy snacks as up-tempo music set the mood for exercising.

Staff tested out the machines, lifted weights and ran on the treadmills. Generous donations from the California Correctional Peace Officers Association along with the support of VYCF’s Health and Wellness Committee and Peer Support were pivotal in opening VYCF’s Activity/Fitness Center.

Two women use exercise machines.

VYCF staff members Carly Makie-Bennett and Linda Collras test the equipment.