BABSON PARK, Mass.—Members of the Babson College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) are slated to participate in the College's fourth annual Fresh Check Day on Friday from 12-3 p.m. inside the Reynolds Campus Center.
Sponsored by Babson Health & Wellness, Olin College and the Jordan Porco Foundation, Fresh Check Day is designed to be an uplifting mental health promotion and suicide prevention event.
SAAC's Health & Wellness subcommittee members will be working shifts at the Boost booth, which seeks to show that exercise not only promotes physical health but also improves one's mental health.
Fresh Check Day brings awareness of mental health resources and coping strategies to college campuses. The event creates an approachable atmosphere where students engage in dialogue about mental health while helping them feel connected to the resources available to them.
The interactive booths will feature a petting zoo, therapy dogs, individual and community art activities, lawn games, food, music, prizes, giveaways, and opportunities to converse with students and campus partners.
At the Boost booth, student-athletes will stress how working out for just 30 minutes a few times a week can boost overall mood while illustrating the many benefits of exercise and different ways to have physical activity in one's life.
Women's cross country and track & field senior Maeve Sullivan (Wilmington, Mass.), who is a third-year Peer on Wellness (POW), will be assisting with the Boost booth, while junior teammate and fellow POW Julia Lawlor (Duxbury, Mass) serves on the organizing committee and designed marketing collateral for the event. Lawlor will spend time at the Boost both as well.