The W walks to lunch

Frederick L. Brown


Passport to Wellness hosted its second annual “Walk to Lunch” on Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The event began with registration at the front gates of the university. At the gate, the Passport to Wellness ambassadors assisted participants in registering for the event with a sign-in sheet and special stickers. The stickers could then be used to get discounts at nearby businesses.  

 “Passport to Wellness focuses on living a healthier lifestyle, whether on campus or in the community. We target areas not only on campus but also in the community with local schools, students, families, parents and throughout Lowndes County,” said Santee Ezell, project director for Passport to Wellness.

“I feel like Wellness has become a staple on our campus since last year. When people see it’s us putting on events, they know it’s going to be quality. They also know there is something they can learn to change their lives,” said April Barlow, director at Passport to Wellness.

Here are some of the businesses that were giving discounts:

·         Bella Derma - 10 percent off any service

·         Bella Interiors -20 percent

·         Café on Main - 5 percent

·         Coffee on 5th street – 15 percent

·         Fashion Barn – 20 percent off items not already on sale

·         Harvey’s – $5 gift card

·         Huck’s – 10 percent

·         Old 82 – 10 percent

·         Party & Paper – 20 percent off

·         Rae’s Jewelry – 25 percent off any merchandise

·         Zachary’s – 15 percent


“We walked to Harvey’s and had a thoroughly enjoyable lunch. It was fun. There were a lot of W people on the way to lunch, during lunch and on the way back to campus. I thought it was a good experience to tie the W together with the downtown area to let them know we’re here, and also a chance for people to get up and do a little exercise instead of driving to lunch,” said Dr. Barry Smith, professor and chair of the communication department.

For more information about Passport to Wellness, please contact the office at (662) 329-7288 or visit