Exercise is Medicine

Marshall University is a gold-level recognized “Exercise is Medicine” campus. Exercise is Medicine® on Campus (EIM-OC) is a program calling upon universities and colleges to engage in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health.  EIM-OC encourages faculty, staff and students to work together toward improving the health and well-being of the campus community by:

  • Making movement a part of the daily campus culture
  • Assessing physical activity at every student health visit
  • Providing students the tools necessary to strengthen healthy physical activity habits that can last a lifetime
  • Connecting university health care providers with university health fitness specialists to provide a referral system for exercise prescription. 

Last year EIM-OC launched its Recognition Program, which allowed our campus to be recognized for their participation and engagement in EIM.  In Spring 2016, we received amazing news that Marshall University earned gold-level recognition for our efforts to improve health and wellness on campus. To continue these initiatives, we have organized a series of week-long activities to promote the new EIM-OC achievement on campus October 24-29th. Check them out below!

Prizes will be awarded to participants who attend the most events. You will be asked to sign your name on the registration sheet at each activity to be entered to win the following prizes:

  • Grand Prize: Full Fitness Assessment Including: 30 minute Fitness Consult, Vo2 Max Test, BodPod Test and a Resting Metabolic Rate Test ($150 value)
  • 2nd Prize: EIM Nylon Drawstring Bag, EIM Water Bottle and a T-shirt
  • 3rd Prize:  EIM Nylon Drawstring Bag and water bottle

Monday, October 24th
“Mindful Monday”

Monday’s are hard on everyone. Why not start your week off right with the following scheduled activities for our EIM kick-off?

  • Intro to Yoga Demonstrations on MSC Plaza from 12 – 1 p.m.
  • Free fitness demonstrations from Marshall Recreation Center on the MSC plaza from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • On Mondays, Marshall’s Department of Sustainability encourage students, staff and faculty to join the “Meatless Mondays” challenge. Eating less meat is a more sustainable and healthy choice. It reduces demand, greenhouse gas emissions, water pollution, and our carbon footprint, all from changing one simple meal choice. All dining halls offer meatless options, too, so it is super easy. Find out more here or check out their information table at the MSC from 12 – 2 p.m.

Tuesday, October 25th
“Try It Tuesday”

You only live once right? Now is the time to try out the various exercise classes in our Marshall Campus Recreation Center. All group fitness classes will be free and open to the public.

  •  Studio 8 will conduct Yoga sessions from 12-2 p.m. on Buskirk Field.
  • Functional training with Heather Stewart from 12-1 p.m. on Buskirk Field
  • BROGA from 1-2 p.m. on Buskirk Field.
  • Can Jam and Spikeball matches with the Marshall Campus Rec intramural staff from 3-4 p.m. on Buskirk Field

Wednesday, October 26th
“PUMP Day”

Enjoy your hump day with our scheduled “PUMP Day!”

  • Free Try Climbs from 12 – 2 p.m. at Marshall Recreation Center’s climbing wall
  • 30 Second Pump Challenge at MSC Plaza from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Fitness Assessments provided by Department of Exercise outside of Henderson Center across from tennis courts from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thursday, October 27th
“Thirsty Thursday”

Water makes up about two thirds of who we are, and influences 100 percent of the processes in our body. Let’s celebrate the importance of water with Thirsty Thursday!

  • EIM Water Bottles will be passed out by Marshall’s Student Health Education Programs on campus in the MSC to promote water consumption in MSC plaza from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Fruit infused water and fruit infused recipe cards will also be handed out for the MU community

Friday, October 28th
“Fitness Tracker Friday”

Wrap up your week with a campus-wide call to action for more physical activity! Because after all, Exercise is Medicine!

  • Step and distance tracker contest

Saturday, October 29th
“Stress Reduction Saturday”

  • Yoga
  • Walk It Off (15 minute lap around campus)
  • Education session on stress and exercise

For more information about Marshall University’s Exercise is Medicine Week, contact the program coordinator, Dr. Robert Powell at 304-696-2513 or powellro@marshall.edu.