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Entries 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.
When it comes to people being “sad,” Billings ranks about average, earning a C+ for happiness in a survey done by “Men’s Health.”
The saddest of places, despite having so much sunshine, is St. Petersberg, Florida.
The grades were based upon suicide rates, unemployment rates and the number of households that use antidepressants, as well as the number of people who report feeling “the blues all or most of the time.”
Other sad locations were Detroit and Tampa. In the western part of the country Reno and Las Vegas were among the saddest. Looking for happy? Honolulu, Hawaii is the place to go; or Manchester, NH or Fargo, ND.
Eight young people – all from Lockwood – have been identified as "Legends" and will be featured throughout 2012 on billboards, posters, post cards, Facebook, etc., as examples of what is possible without the use of drugs. Featured right along side each of the Lockwood Legends will be their parents, whose involvement in their lives was consistently identified, by each and every one of the Legends, as the primary shaping factor in the decisions they made in growing up.
The Lockwood Legends are a part of an anti-drug campaign that brings with it a positive twist. In January, Roots of Promise, located at United Way of Yellowstone County, is launching a campaign that will focus on the positive. As explained by Kristi Drake, Project Coordinator, unlike many substance abuse prevention campaigns that use a scared straight tactic, this campaign focuses on the positive relationships between parents and their children as tools to prevent youth from drinking and drugs.
Billings was ranked 55th in the nation by parenting.com as a good place in which to raise a family.
The website listed the top-ranked American cities as the best places in which to live and raise a family based on schools, affordable homes, low crime rates, jobs, and parkland.
The top ten cities ranked were: Washington DC; Austin, Texas; Boston, Massachusetts; St. Paul Minneapolis, MN; Des Moines, IA; Madison, WI; Honolulu, Hawaii; Omaha, Nebraska; Seattle, WA; and Louisville, KY.
"The Morality of Capitalism: The Ethical Influence on Economic Systems" is the title of a two-day seminar that is coming to Billings.
The "Occupy Wall Street" movement is in the news every day. In fact, over the past few years, Americans have watched the economies of our world wracked by many financial issues, first with the asset bubble in housing prices, then in the stock market down-turn and most recently, in the near collapse of the financial structure of most of the developed world. The "Occupy Wall Street" crowd cites capitalism as the culprit but is that true? And if it isn't true, do we know enough about the issues to defend capitalism? It is in that vein that a free seminar with P.J, Hill is set at the Holiday Inn Grand Hotel and Convention Center, January 6 and 7.
Shortly after returning from a yearlong deployment to Iraq, Tyler Matthews, a seasoned campaign veteran has joined 47 North Communications. Prior to his deployment, Matthews served as the Campaign Manager for Congressman Denny Rehberg's campaign during the 2010 election cycle. Before joining Congressman Rehberg's campaign, Matthews worked on numerous statewide campaigns throughout his career in Montana politics.
Matthews will serve as Senior Vice President of Political Operations for 47 North Communications.
Matthews was born and raised in Miles City and now resides in Billings.
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