HUNTINGTON — Marshall University’s Exercise Science department is offering the first annual Sweat-Heart Couples’ Walk to encourage the community to walk together.

There are two ways to participate. A group of students will be going to Ritter Park to walk from noon to 2 p.m. on Feb. 14, weather permitting. Additionally, couples can participate from afar, as follows:

Use any fitness app or tracker to track step count (for example, a Fitbit or Apple Health App).

Take a screenshot of the step count of each partner.

Email both screenshots of the step counts to

Participants without a romantic partner can also participate by teaming up with another person and submitting step counts together.

The couple with the most steps will win two free exercise tests — a $230 value. Each partner in the winning couple will receive a free Resting Metabolic Rate and Body Composition test from the Exercise Physiology Lab at Marshall University, which show the number of calories the body burns in a day, and a person’s body fat percentage.

Registration is free and open to all by emailing

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