Entries are now being accepted for Shape Up Montana, a three-month team-based program of the Big Sky State Games that encourages Montanans to make healthier nutrition choices and be more physically active. The team competition recognizes achievement in two categories: Accumulated Activity based on logging miles using a conversion chart and Weight Loss due to healthful eating and physical activity. Teams of 4 to 10 individuals work together for three months (February 1 - May 1) helping each other and their team to either log mileage or lose weight. Mileage is converted from regular daily activities (yard work, housework) and aerobic activity (swimming, running, walking, cycling, etc.). In its 9th year, Shape Up Montana organizers are looking forward to reaching more Montanans. Since it began in 2003, over 37,000 Montanans have logged over 9 million activity miles and shed 77,864 pounds!
Why participate? According to the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, overweight and obesity numbers in Montana continue to climb, keeping our state in line with the national epidemic. In 1991, 10% of Montana’s adult population was obese more than doubling to 23.7% in 2009. Over half of all Montanan adults, 62.7%, are considered overweight or obese and 67.2% of Montana adults are classified as getting less than 20 minutes of vigorous physical activity 3 or more days a week. The percentage of overweight children has more than doubled in the last 20 years.
Organizers are working to reverse the progression of these trends. The “Shape Up Montana” program continues to work with the business community and member organizations to engage their employees and members in increasing their physical activity and encouraging healthy eating habits. Past Shape Up Montana teams included businesses, church groups, organizations, friends, clubs, school staff and families.
The cost for the three-month program is $15 and $10 for employees of Big Sky State Games (BSSG) program sponsors. Everyone who enters will receive a Shape Up Montana T-shirt, weekly challenges, animated exercises, and nutrition and physical activity tips/articles, access to numerous wellness calculators and free entry into the 26th Anniversary Big State Games Fitness Walk held July 15 in Billings. Awards will be presented to the top three teams in each division.
Online registration, entry forms are available at www.shapeupmontana.org. Early entry deadline is January 24. Entry forms are also available at the Big Sky State Games Office in Billings (490 N. 31st, Suite 200) and at the following Community Sponsors: Billings Clinic, Billings Gazette, Glacier Bancorp and Montana’s News Station (KTVQ, KBZK, KXLF, KRTV, KXLH, KAJ, KPAX). Contributing partners include Eat Right Montana, Montana Chamber Choices, TwoMedicine, Wendy’s (entry forms are available), Albertsons and the Montana Beef Council.
The Big Sky State Games’ Major Sponsors are First Interstate Bank, Kampgrounds of America, and Montana Cycling and Ski.
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