August 25, 2019

Brittanie Naff: Taking Fitness to Heart

Brittanie Naff, assistant director of Campus Recreation. Photo by Suzanne Rossi.

Brittanie Naff, assistant director of Campus Recreation. Photo by Suzanne Rossi.

Want to jog through the streets of Paris, browse Facebook or catch up on Netflix – all without leaving Mary Washington? Brittanie Naff says now you can – and still squeeze in your workout – thanks to the cardio equipment she and her team have brought to the fitness center. UMW employees are invited to take the new machines for a spin – or sprint – and enjoy healthy snacks and beverages at Cardio & Katora, Friday, Aug. 23, noon to 2 p.m.

Planning special events like this is just one of Naff’s responsibilities as assistant director of Campus Recreation, a job she’s held since 2016, when she met now-supervisor Kelly Shannon, who convinced her to become an Eagle.

Naff, who has a master’s degree in public health from Virginia Tech, ensures that Mary Washington’s recreational facilities, staff and programs meet the fitness and wellness needs of the UMW community. She assists with marketing efforts, hires instructors and trainers, and manages schedules for group fitness programs like Zumba, barre, yoga and cycle.

“I’m living proof of the impact fitness programs can have on students’ lives,” said Naff, who began hitting the gym after trying a Zumba class her freshman year. “When I realized I could make a career out of managing collegiate fitness programs and facilities, I pursued that and haven’t looked back!”


Q: How did you know it was time for new cardio equipment at UMW’s fitness center?
A: Our rental term was ending, so we worked with procurement to secure a new vendor. We wanted quality, affordable machines; excellent customer service; and an asset management system that allowed us to track the status of the equipment to limit downtime in case parts break. We found it all with Matrix Fitness and got 45 pieces of cardio equipment, six with cool touch screens that let you escape to other locales.

Q: We’re excited for Cardio & Katora! The coffee shop and gym equipment are new, but what else do exercise and caffeine have in common?
A: When planning this event, we all agreed that exercise and healthy, delicious drinks and food contribute to a high quality of life. Why not put these things together and promote the message? You’ll see plenty of collaborations between Campus Rec, Katora Café and UMW Dining in the future, and you can find Mindful Dining info at the Top of the UC.

Q: What would you say to people who feel guilty about procrastinating starting a fitness routine?
A: It’s never too late. You have to find something you enjoy if you want to stick to it. Exercise can be way more than treadmills and dumbbells!

Q: What’s your favorite way to exercise?
A: I love Orange Theory. The workouts are intense – but modifiable, the coaches are motivating, the music is awesome and the classes work with my calendar. All I have to do is show up!

Q: What would people be surprised to learn about you?
A: I started dating my husband when I was 15, after a high school homecoming dance.

Q: What’s your motto?
A: Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.

Campus Recreation, Dining Team Up with Katora for Fitness Center Event

Cardio exercise boosts your heart rate, burns fat and calories, and helps fight fatigue. So does coffee. Research has shown that enjoying a cup of joe before your workout can pack an even bigger punch. That’s why Cardio & Katora is coming to the fitness center on Friday, Aug. 23, from noon to 2 p.m. […]

Campus Recreation, Dining Team Up with Katora for Fitness Center Event

Cardio exercise boosts your heart rate, burns fat and calories, and helps fight fatigue. So does coffee. Research has shown that enjoying a cup of joe before your workout can pack an even bigger punch.

That’s why Cardio & Katora is coming to the fitness center on Friday, Aug. 23, from noon to 2 p.m. Sponsored by Campus Recreation, Katora Café and Dining Services, the event gives the UMW community the opportunity to take the fitness center’s new fleet of state-of-the-art cardio machines for a spin – or a sprint – while sampling Katora’s healthy drinks and snacks. The popular Fredericksburg coffeehouse will soon open a new location across from the Hurley Convergence Center in the space previously occupied by Blackstone Coffee.

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Top of the UC Reopening August 12

The Top of the UC will reopen on Monday, August 12th with a modified schedule.  Serving hours for the week of August 12 through August 18 will be as follows:

Monday through Friday

*Breakfast:    7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

*Lunch:          11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

*Dinner:         5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday

Lunch:           11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dinner:          5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Serving hours will be expanded as new and returning students arrive on campus. Please contact Campus Dining at or visit the Campus Dining website at for schedule updates or other dining information.

Dining Closing for Holiday

The Top of the UC will be closed on Thursday and Friday of next week (July 4th and 5th) for the Independence Day holiday. Summer dining hours will resume on Monday, July 8th. For additional information, please contact Rose Benedict at 540-654-2169 or e-mail

Campus Dining Launches Customer Satisfaction Survey

Campus Dining would like to invite UMW students, faculty and staff to complete an online Customer Satisfaction Survey. The information collected will assist us in enhancing your dining experience based on your feedback. This survey will take approximately seven minutes of your time. The information you provide is confidential, and the aggregate results will be used for research purposes only. It will not be used to sell or market to you in any way, and you will not be contacted as a result of completing this survey.

You may fill out the survey by clicking the link below. You may also take the survey at one of the survey computer stations at the Top of the UC and receive a sweet treat as a “thank you” for your time. The computer station will be available in front of the elevators from noon to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m., Oct. 1 through 5. If you have questions about the survey, please feel free to contact Campus Dining at

Link to survey:

Volunteers Needed to Serve Dinner for the Homeless

On Wednesday, April 22, Campus Dining will be providing dinner at Christ Lutheran Church for area residents who are currently without homes. Volunteers to help transport, set up and serve the dinner would be greatly appreciated!

Preparations will begin at 3:30 p.m at Seacobeck. Dinner service will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the church. Volunteer shifts are from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. or 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Contact Rose Benedict at or 540-654-2169 to volunteer or get additional information.

Limited Reservations for Grand Finale Dinner

Campus Dining is hosting a Grand Finale Dinner on Wednesday, April 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. to bid farewell to Seacobeck as a dining facility. Guests will enjoy photo displays from Seacobeck’s earlier years and an extensive dinner menu that will include Steamship Round of Beef, Smoked Salmon, Coq Au Vin and a host of other culinary treats.

The cost for alumni, faculty and staff is $5 plus tax and  $10.75 plus tax for all other guests.

Everyone is invited to join in the celebratory dinner, which will be held in the dining rooms at Seacobeck.  A limited number of reservations are being accepted by e-mailing or calling 540-654-2169. When reservations are no longer available there will be open seating on a first come, first served basis.

Health & Wellness Fair, March 11

Campus Dining is hosting a Health and Wellness Fair on  Tuesday, March 11 between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Seacobeck Hall. Representatives from over 20 medical practices and companies or organizations that provide wellness-related products and services will be on hand with information, samples and demonstrations. This is a great opportunity to learn about the many health and wellness resources in our community.  The event will also include:

* Door Prizes and Free Food & Beverage Samples!

* Mindful Cooking Competition, 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty & Staff Dining Room

* Dance Trance Demonstration at 6:15 p.m. (room TBD)

* Mindful Menu in all dining rooms for dinner!

The Fair and Cooking Competition are free and open to the public.  The cost of dinner for members of the UMW faculty and staff is $5 and $10.75 plus tax for their guests or the general public. For more information, contact Rose Benedict at


Choose to Reuse

On Wednesday, October 2, University of Mary Washington Dining Services by Sodexo will launch a reusable “to go” container program. Choose to Reuse is a reusable container program developed especially for Sodexo campus services to reduce waste and help achieve Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow Plan commitments by replacing single-use disposable food containers with reusable containers.

The cost is $5 per semester, and students can use their meal plan flex dollars to make the purchase. Students may “buy in” to the program at any of five campus dining locations. When they return the used containers to the resident dining hall they can receive a new container, or if they prefer, they can get a token which they can redeem for a container at a later time.

For more information visit