Lois Blackburn Women for Healthy Lifestyles Gateway

This Gateway is designed for young women who want to practice and promote healthy and active lifestyles as the foundation of their college lives.

The Lois Blackburn Women for Healthy Lifestyles Gateway is designed to compliment core college requirements for fitness. Its activities and contents are designed for students who seek wellness (novices) as well as those who want to maintain it (intermediate and advanced). Group Gateway experiences are designed to provide exposure to all facets of the wellness spectrum.

Gateway members complete a wellness assessment and create an individualized life-vision map. They participate — and at times compete — in small group activities. An hands-on, healthy Thanksgiving dinner is prepared in Hunt Dining Hall by and for Gateway members. Teams within the Gateway compete as they track their steps on a virtual map using pedometers.

Who may apply? All who wish to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle and also wish to help others attain this lifestyle are invited to apply.  Gateway membership is limited. Apply early.
MBC 101: Orientation to College (1 credit)

Will I take classes as part of the community? In addition to your academic schedule you also will take two required courses:

  • Fitness 100: (1 credit)
    • Here you will also get a personalized fitness and wellness assessment.

In which extra-curricular activities will I participate? You will participate in health awareness activities, such as planning and completing a very public and well-used communication center on the ground level of Hunt Dining Hall. You will take part in an orientation Wellness Walk as well as walking in the Women’s Health Virginia event.  You may also volunteer with the Women’s Health Initiative or other community outreach efforts.

Where will I live? You will live on campus in the residence halls where you will meet other students who have an active lifestyle priority. Commuter students are welcome, as well.

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The Skinny on Local Dining 

Join Our Relay for Life team

Meet the staff

Mary VanNortwick

Mary VanNortwick, campus nutrition and wellness coordinator, campus dietitian, certified wellness coach, and assistant director of dining services will be your community leader. Peer advisors who live the healthy lifestyle, faculty advisors who support our gateway, and faculty and staff in the Athletics and Wellness department will be your guides. mvannort@mbc.edu




My name is Rebeka My Turner. I am a health care administration major and I am a current senior. I would like to be a physical therapist or an administrator in the health care field after I graduate. I am also active on campus. I am president of STARS ( Student Alumnae/I Relations Society), a peer advisor for Healthy Lifestyles Gateway, Vice President of the Health Care Club, and have a work study job with the IA office. In my spare time I enjoy going to the beach and spending time with my friends.




IMG_8386My name is Kaiya Dobbins. I am a sophomore here at MBC! I am planning to major either in Bio or Math, I love both so if I can double major then I will. I do a lot of volunteer work on and off the campus with organizations such as BPB, SOULS, Boys and Girls club and with Rev. Scott from time to time. In my spare time I like to play basketball, go on walks, and have time with my best friends.



Snapchat--205578992171204729-1My name is Briarna Givens (Brie), I am a rising junior majoring in Business with a double emphasis in Management and Marketing with a minor in Psychology. I am a very kind and outgoing person. I tend to smile a lot to reflect on how happy I am because life is such a precious gift. I have been apart of Persist and HLG since my freshman year. Once one gets involved into to campus life it makes college a little bit easier because we are all here to help one another out.



PicsArt_1438723801639My name is Amanda, I am with the graduating class of 2018 and I am a marketing and communication major with an emphasis in graphic design. I am originally from a small town named Van in Texas, there I played almost every sport including powerlifting, volleyball, track and more. Here at MBC I have become really involved in just my first year I joined three clubs, got a job at hunt, became a hall president, helped create fliers for many different events, was in a fashion show held on campus, there is just so much to do its very entertaining. I love how peaceful the campus is and how willing everyone is to help you succeed in what ever future you choose.




To help you on your pathway to learn more about wellness at MBC, visit www.mbc.edu/wellness/. To find out what athletic opportunities available on campus, visit www.mbcathletics.com.