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Well By Choice

Health is a matter of managing illness or disease. It is said that if you do not have either, you are healthy. Wellness, on the other hand, can be achieved with or without health. It is a matter of “well being”. The degree to which one experiences wellbeing is related to the choices an individual makes across a number of life’s elements. To name just a few, wellness includes career, social, community, physical, spiritual, financial, and community well being.

It has also been said that wellness is the fruit of wholeness. A garden may serve as a good illustration.  If one tends to their life so that all aspects are addressed (often at varying times and degrees), needs for purpose and satisfaction can be met without depletion or stagnation.

The MBC work-site wellness program, Well by Choice, is made available to all MBC faculty and staff. Specific options within the program are available only to those who select the annual health screening and coaching program offered to Anthem subscribers. Our mission in all cases is to provide a culture of wellness at MBC through policies, programs, partnerships, events, and services.

This is the place to come to get information, be challenged, and learn about opportunities on campus and in our neighboring communities. Mark the page, check back often. We will be ever-changing, growing, and increasing our wellness offerings.

Mary VanNortwick        540.887.7167 or

Mary Baldwin College Wellness Incentive 2015

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Selecting Shoes for Physical Activity

The most important piece of exercise equipment you are likely to need is a good pair of shoes.

Here are some important tips for buying athletic shoes:

  • Shop for shoes at the end of the day when your feet are likely to be larger.
  • Take along the type of socks you will be wearing with the shoes.
  • Spread and wiggle your toes while standing to check for room in the toe box.Your longest toe should be about a thumbnail’s width from the end of the shoe.
  • When laced, there should be about one inch of space between the lace holes across the tongue of the shoe.
  • Stand on your tiptoes to be sure the heels don’t slip.
  • The arch of the shoe should support the arch of your foot.
  • Walk or jog around the store to test for comfort and cushioning.

It’s time to buy new shoes if you notice that the heel support, toe box or tread pattern is worn. Feeling pain in the shins, knees and hips after exercise could also mean it’s time for new shoes.


Smoking Cessation

Smoking is one of the rare things in life when it’s okay to be a quitter. In fact, it’s more than okay, it would add years to a person’s life. It’s not easy to quit and may take a few tries, but it can be done. About 70 percent of smokers want to quit. If those people are in your workforce, why not give them information and tools they can use to become smoke-free?

It’s time to kick some butts

By now we are all aware that smoking is an unhealthy habit. According to the Surgeon General, quitting smoking is the most important thing smokers can do to improve the length and quality of their lives. Yet roughly one of every five American adults is a current smoker. Why are so many of us compelled to do something that is so bad for our bodies?

You’re not weak, you’re addicted

Many smokers feel ashamed after repeated attempts at kicking the habit. If you’ve tried to stop smoking and always seem to pick it up again, you’re not alone. Nicotine, which is found in tobacco, is as addictive as heroin or cocaine, and inhaled nicotine reaches the brain more quickly than drugs taken intravenously. It affects the heart and blood vessels, your hormones, your respiratory system, your metabolism and your brain. And if you are a woman who is pregnant, nicotine passes through the placenta and affects your baby in the same ways.

When a smoker tries to quit, he or she faces up to several weeks of withdrawal. In addition to the physical addiction, which is in full force after just a few weeks of smoking, there is a psychological addiction — a habit that has to be broken. Research shows that both the physical and psychological addictions must be overcome if a smoker is to successfully quit for good. Unfortunately, nicotine withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable enough that many people begin smoking again

With all the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms in addition to the challenge of breaking a habit, it’s no wonder many smokers have to quit several times before it really takes. The attached “Ways to stop smoking for good” is a first step for your employees. Share it with them today.

Smash the smoking habit

Within 20 minutes of quitting, your heart rate drops. In 12 hours, carbon monoxide levels in your blood return to normal. By week two, your chances for heart attack decrease. Stick to it and in 5 years the threat of stroke is equal that of a non-smoker’s. And it keeps getting better as your risk for lung, mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas cancer all decrease. In 15 years, your risk for coronary heart disease is back to that of a nonsmoker’s. Now that’s a grand slam for better health!