• Businesses and other organizations are urged to "Team Up" to participate in the Montana Women's Run, May 10. On line registration is now available (www.womensrun.org) for the two-mile and five-mile event that is traditionally held on the day before Mother's Day in downtown Billings. Team Up is a fun and rewarding way to participate.
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  • So people can eat better at a reasonable price is the goal of Lucky's Market, Billings' newest grocery store. Bringing a new measure of competition to the food market in Billings, Lucky's Market opened at West Park Promenade, last week. People seemed to greet the new business quite enthusiastically with opening day breaking all records, according to founder Bo Sharon.
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  • Billings Clinic's second ExpressCare retail clinic opened for business on March 5, 2014. Located near the pharmacy in the Billings Heights Albertsons store at 607 Main Street, the clinic offers patients quick access to primary care in convenient locations for minor medical issues provided by Billings Clinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Billings Clinic opened its first ExpressCare clinic in
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  • Join the discussion on Montana's energy potential and explore the impacts of energy resource development in Montana at The Montana Energy 2014 Conference and Trade Show to be held at Metra Park on April 2-3. Montana Governor Steve Bullock will provide opening remarks, followed by an all-star lineup of keynote speakers, including Robert Bryce, a dynamic and engaging public speaker
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  • by Evelyn Pyburn   There was a time that the United States was the beacon for economic freedom. Not any more – while, around the world other countries have advanced their freedom to a degree never before seen, the US is clamping down on freedom in ways that often astonish newcomers to the country. The US has slipped out of the
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  • 2014 could be the year that the nation's economy rebounds and Montana's economy moves forward at a stronger pace. But, then every year economists say "next year," as they look at the disappointing results of the past year, said Patrick M. Barkey, Director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER). So the question is "Has 'next year' finally
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  • "There is no reason Montana should be the 'Last Best Place,'" says Greg Gianforte, the founder of the billion dollar enterprise, RightNow Technologies in Bozeman. Gianforte was the keynote speaker at the Montana Outlook Seminar, underscoring the theme of this year's event, "How Entrepreneurship is Creating High Paying Jobs." "My experience in Bozeman proves we can create lots of high-wage
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  • "There are two kinds of BMW riders, those who have ridden their bikes over the Beartooths and those who haven't," said Gary Smith, Billings, during the announcement that BMW Motorcycle Owners of America (MOA) will hold their 2015 Rally in Billings. Some 7000 to 8000 BMW MOA members are expected to attend the Rally set for July 23-25, 2015. For
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  • A new grocery store will open in Billings mid-March. Lucky's Market will open at 1603 Grand Ave (West Park Plaza). It will be the fourth expansion of the Boulder-based natural foods grocery, owned by founders Bo and Trish Sharon. "As trained culinary professionals, and downright foodies, we imagine our stores as an oasis of health, kindness and support. We strive
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  • Before the largest Billings Ag Appreciation gathering in history, on Jan. 17, President of Montana State University Waded Cruzado underscored a commitment to strengthening MSU's agriculture roots with two announcements. Cruzado announced that the college will elevate the position of dean of the College of Agriculture to a vice presidential position. She also announced the receipt of a $250,000 gift,
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  • Faced with the frustration of President Obama's refusal to grant their permit, TransCanada is considering abandoning plans to build a state-of-the-art pipeline, the Keystone XL, and move instead to using the more hazardous means of transporting oil, rail. Company officials reported, in Canadian news media, that they will look at building rail terminals in Alberta and Oklahoma.
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  • Yellowstone County Commissioners are considering changes in department locations and office enlargements that would move the Yellowstone County Extension Services and 4-H headquarters to the MetraPark fair grounds. Commissioners accepted responses, on Tuesday, for a request for qualifications from architectural firms to redesign areas of the Court House to provide more room for the County Attorney's office and the Clerk
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Shape Up for 2012

shape upEntries are now being accepted for the 10th Annual Shape Up Montana program, a three-month team-based project of the Big Sky State Games that encourages Montanans to make healthier nutrition choices and be more physically active.

Since it began in 2003, over 43,000 Montanans have logged more than 10 million activity miles and shed 82,948 pounds! Organizers are working to reverse the progression of obesity and overweight trends in Montana.  This year’s program features a new user friendly website.

The early entry deadline is January 24. 

The “Shape Up Montana” program works with the business community, member organizations and families to engage their employees and members in a team format that spurs increasing physical activity and encourages healthy eating habits.  Past Shape Up Montana teams included businesses, church groups, organizations, friends, clubs, school staff and families.

 The team competition offers two categories:

  Accumulated Activity based on logging miles with the aid of an activity conversion calculator 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.). 

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, exercise videos, nutrition and physical activity tips/articles, access to numerous wellness calculators and free entry into the 27th Annual Big State Games Fitness Walk held July 20, in Billings.  Awards will be presented to the top three teams in each division.

Online registration, entry forms and more information are available at www.shapeupmontana.org or call (406) 254-7426.    Entry forms are also available at the Big Sky State Games Office in Billings (490 N. 31st, Suite 200).  

Shape Up Montana is presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana. Community Sponsors include Billings Clinic, Billings Gazette and Montana’s News Station (KTVQ, KBZK, KXLF, KRTV, KXLH, KAJ18, KPAX). 

Contributing partners include Albertsons, Eat Right Montana, Montana Chamber Choices, TwoMedicine, Montana Beef Council and Wendy’s.

The Big Sky State Games’ Major Sponsors are First Interstate Bank, Kampgrounds of America, and Montana Cycling and Ski.


 

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