Free activities scheduled until Oct. 9 for “Exercise is Medicine” on the Huntington campus

As the first registered Exercise is Medicine® campus in West Virginia, Marshall is hosting a series of events this week to promote the message that exercise is both fun and important for everyone’s health and wellness.

Exercise is Medicine® on Campus (EIM-OC) is a program endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine that calls upon universities and colleges to engage in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health.

Sponsors for these events include the College of Health Professions and its School of Kinesiology, the  Recreation Center, the Student Health Education Program, Marshall Health and Cabell Huntington Hospital.  Prizes will be awarded to participants who attend the most activities.  Community members in the Huntington and surrounding Tri-state areas can also participate in these events.

This week’s remaining activities include:

Wednesday, Oct. 7: “Wellness Wednesday”

  • 12 – 2 p.m., try climbs at the  Recreation Center’s climbing wall
  • 12 – 1 p.m., “Trail Break” at Ritter Park hosted by the Center, then join  a guided trail run/hike
  • Rain date scheduled for EIM Health and Wellness Fair

Thursday, Oct. 8: “Thirsty Thursday”

  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., The Student Health Education Program will distribute fruit-infused water, recipe cards and water bottles in Memorial Student Center plaza to promote water consumption
  • 1 – 2 p.m., H20 Go session in Drinko Library Room 402. In this six-week challenge by PEIA Pathways to Wellness, you will be challenged to increase your water intake.
  • 5 – 9 p.m., fitness classes offered to non-members at the Recreation Center. See full list of free classes at
  • 6 p.m., a group run hosted by PATH will begin at the Marshall Recreation Center. All different paces will be welcome including walkers. For more information, contact Bethany Williams at

Friday, Oct. 9: “Fitness Friday”

  • 9 – 9:45 a.m., aqua fitness class at the Recreation Center
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., “Net Day” with an open gym for non-members wishing to play volleyball, racquetball and basketball at Marshall Recreation Center.

All scheduled activities are free for members of the Huntington community.