Mary Baldwin University continues its commitment to wellness for its students and the Staunton community by sponsoring the 6th Annual Wellness Walk and Health Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine.

Sophomore Kacy Coates and other members of the college’s Healthy Lifestyles Gateway helped organize the walk along with Irene Sarnelle, associate professor of health and physical education, to celebrate Women and Girls’ Wellness Month and to support the non-profit Women’s Health Virginia.

“We wanted to connect Mary Baldwin University, the Staunton downtown merchants, and the greater Staunton community in an activity in support of women’s and girls’ health and health education,” Coates said.

Gladys the Squirrel

The event will begin with registration at 19 W. Beverly St., where participants will receive a punch card. Participating downtown merchants will punch cards for walkers so that when they return to the registration area they can enter their cards for a chance to win one of the many gifts that were donated from stores downtown. Participants must visit at least 10 stores on the route to qualify for the drawing, which will be held at 4 p.m. with the help of Mary Baldwin mascot, Gladys the Squirrel.

The health fair will also include demonstrations — from Nia to English Country Dancing to Zumba — as well as informational booths sponsored by representatives of local health organizations.

“Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important to me because it allows me to have a good life. If I am healthier, I can reduce my stress and feel better overall,” Coates said. “It’s important for people in the Staunton community and students at Mary Baldwin to attend this event because it’s a good cause and because the booths about wellness will have wonderful information for anybody with questions concerning different aspects of health.”