Marshall is only gold-level status Exercise is Medicine® institution in West Virginia

As the first gold-level recognized Exercise is Medicine® institution in West Virginia, Marshall University will host its 2nd annual Exercise is Medicine Week with a series of events Oct. 24-29 to promote the message that exercise is both fun and important for one’s health and wellness.

Exercise is Medicine® on Campus (EIM-OC) is a program endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine calling upon universities and colleges to engage in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health, according to Dr. Robert Powell, director of the university’s Diabetes Exercise Center and coordinator of the event.

"College is a time when young adults come to campus to utilize its resources to afford them success in life. I believe success is best achieved when we have optimal health," Powell said. "We are so excited to have an entire week devoted to physical activity and health where we showcase the recreational resources that Marshall has to offer."

Amy Saunders, director of the university’s Student Health Education Programs, said this year EIM-OC will continue to earn its gold-level status through a week-long series of exercise and fitness activities.

"These activities take a holistic approach to health and well-being and we encourage students to participate in the series of events we have scheduled for the 2nd annual Exercise is Medicine Week," Saunders said.

Sponsors for this event include Marshall’s College of Health Professions and its Department of Exercise Science, Marshall Recreation Center and Student Health Education Programs. Prizes will be awarded to participants who attend the most activities. All community members in the Huntington and surrounding Tri-State areas are welcome to participate in these events.

To find out more about Exercise is Medicine® programs in other states, visit For a full list of EIM-OC activities taking place on Marshall’s Huntington campus, visit


Photo: Marshall exercise science student Joe Maiolo conducted fitness assessments with campus community members during the 2015 Exercise is Medicine Week held on the Huntington campus. Photo by Lori Wolfe, The Herald-Dispatch.