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(BSSG media release)

BILLINGS – 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 (February 1 – May 1). Mileage is converted from regular daily activities (yard work, housework) and aerobic activity (swimming, running, walking, cycling, etc.).

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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 (BSSG) 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 January 31 for online registration (late entries accepted). Entry forms are also available at the Big Sky State Games Office in Billings (490 N. 31st, Suite 200).

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