Shape Up Montana registration open

Registration for the 16th Annual Shape Up Montana program is underway. Shape Up Montana is a team-based healthy lifestyle program of the Big Sky State Games that helps Montanans to be more physically active and make healthier nutrition choices. The team competition is based on Accumulated Activity, logging miles with the aid of an activity conversion calculator and smartphone app. A Weight Loss category, based on healthful eating and physical activity, can be added at no extra charge.  Teams of 4 to 10 individuals work together for three months (Feb.1 - May 1). Mileage is converted from regular daily activities (yard work, housework) and aerobic activity (swimming, running, walking, cycling, etc.). 

Since it began in 2003, over 70,000 Montanans have logged more than 13.5 million activity miles! Organizers are working to reverse the progression of obesity and overweight trends in Montana. 

Shape Up Montana 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 have included businesses, church groups, organizations, friends, clubs, school staff and families.

The cost for the three-month program is $16; $11 for sponsors of Big Sky State Games programs. The first 500 team captains to enter their team will receive a $10 Scheels gift card.  Everyone who enters receives a Shape Up Montana T-shirt, free entry into the Shape Up Montana Virtual 5k Walk/Run, and access to a Shape Up Montana app for easy logging on the go. The program features health and wellness resources, weekly challenges for bonus miles, and exercise videos from Montana experts. Awards will be presented for weekly challenge completion, monthly reporting and for the top three teams in each division.

Online registration, entry forms and more information are available www.shapeupmontana.org or call (406) 254-7426. The deadline is Jan. 31 for online registration (late entries accepted). Entry forms are also available at the Big Sky State Games Office in Billings at 490 N. 31st, Suite 200. Community Sponsors include EBMS, Billings Clinic CTA, Scheels, and KTVQ.  Contributing Sponsors are Associated Employers/ Montana Chamber Choices, Albertsons, and Wendy’s.   

The Big Sky State Games’ Major Sponsors are Kampgrounds of America, First Interstate Bank, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., check www.laurelexchangeclub.org for more info. Find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/laurelexchangeclub . Email them to find out meeting time and to join: clubinfo@laurelexchangeclub.org The club will have a meeting or volunteer activity. Meeting location is Sid's East Side Bar & Grill on first and third Wednesdays of each month. Members and guests eat free.  Volunteer activity on the second Wednesday of each month. Check their facebook page for updates.  Every fourth Wednesday is for a club social activity. 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., check www.laurelexchangeclub.org for more info. Find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/laurelexchangeclub . Email them to find out meeting time and to join: clubinfo@laurelexchangeclub.org The club will have a meeting or volunteer activity. Meeting location is Sid's East Side Bar & Grill on first and third Wednesdays of each month. Members and guests eat free.  Volunteer activity on the second Wednesday of each month. Check their facebook page for updates.  Every fourth Wednesday is for a club social activity. 
Monday, May 6, 2019
• Corinthian Lodge No. 72, AF&AM, first & third Monday, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Temple, Laurel Masonic Temple, 9900 Airport Road (except July-August)

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