Dining Services at Mary Baldwin has taken its commitment to helping students establish and maintain healthy, balanced lifestyles a step further by creating the 2010–11 “Poster People” contest, designed to recognize the Boldly Baldwin students who exemplify wellness in all areas of everyday life.

The latest winner of the contest, Sarah McFarland ’12, is featured on a poster located in the main entrance to Hunt East that showcases her healthy lifestyle tips and definition of what it means to live a happy, healthy life.

“I believe that being healthy is the most important aspect of life,” McFarland is quoted on the poster. “If you are not healthy, how can you live a healthy life?”

Sarah McFarland

McFarland, a cadet in the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL), maintains her wellness by exercising daily, eating three meals a day, playing on the Mary Baldwin soccer team, and keeping busy throughout the day. She says having friends also contributes to her overall well being.

The poster contest was created for student leaders to “model the way” to wellness for their peers.

“We thought it would be not only helpful but interesting for students to see their peers living the healthy lifestyle,” said Mary VanNortwick, director of dining services at Mary Baldwin. “Putting their picture and their tips up for a lengthy period gives all who see [the poster] an opportunity to compare their lifestyles with recommendations at their own pace, in their own way, if and when they would choose to. A healthy lifestyle is a choice.”

Candidates can nominate themselves or are recommended by their peers. Then, the dining hall staff checks with multiple resources — in McFarland’s case, VWIL leadership and Residence Life — to check the validity of the nominee’s claims. The criteria include stellar academic performance, social and relationship performance, wise nutrition choices, and maintaining an active lifestyle.

As a healthy reward, the wellness models will be gifted with an all-local, fresh meal during May Term.

Other Ways to Stay Well

February 1

Vegetarian Forum

One-on-one and small group sessions with Mary VanNortwick and Tracy Hiner.
Schedule an appointment by calling x7167 or emailing mvannort@marybaldwin.edu.

11 a.m., Hunt Mezzanine

February 23

Comprehensive Wellness Course (PHE102)

This online, one credit class is offered in Term 4 only.

Monday and Wednesdays 3:25 to 4:15 p.m.

February 28, March 14, 21, and 28, and April 11

Women, Food, and God Book Club

Sign up sheet in Hunt lobby.

5:30 to 6:15 p.m., Nuthouse

March 23

The Woman You Are Seminar

Limit 20; register with Julie Chappell in Career Development.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Nuthouse