(BSSG media release)
BILLINGS – At the close of its seventeenth year, “Shape Up Montana” had 297 teams and nearly 3,000 members. A program of the Big Sky State Games, “Shape Up Montana” promotes healthful eating and a physically active lifestyle in a team format. Teams competed in two categories: Healthy Weight,as a result of healthy diet and physical activity, and Accumulated Activity, which is converted into miles.
The three-month program running Feb.1- May. 1, featured teams of 4 to 10 people working together to accumulate the most miles (mileage was converted from daily activities, like yard work, or housework and aerobic activity, such as swimming or walking, etc.).
There were 297 Activity Teams (divided into Fresh Start, Total Fit and Family divisions) and 379 Healthy Weight individual participants committed to the program. Overall, the activity groups accumulated 679,154 total miles (travelling to the moon 2.8 times and going around the world 27.3 times).
In the weight loss division, the top 15 participants lost 10% of their weight.
Family Activity Results
Billings’ ‘Team McHuge’ were the overall winners in the Family Activity Division with an average of 683 miles for each of the ten members over a three month period. ‘The Motivated Movers’ from Billings came in second with an average of 599 miles for each of the seven team members. ‘MalKai’ of Bozeman rounded out the three racking up an average of 512 miles for each of the nine members.
Fresh Start Activity Results
‘DOWL Skinny Minnies’ from Billings was the overall winner in the Fresh Start Activity Division, racking up an average of 1,031 miles for its eight team members. ‘Take it to the Top’ of Gilford, MT averaged 956 miles for each of the eight members. ‘Rocky Powerhouse’ of Helena rounded out the top three in the division with an average of 952 miles for each of the four team members.
Total Fit Activity Results
‘Wild Women of the YMCA’ of Billings took the top spot in the Total Fit Activity category, averaging a total of 1,210 miles for each of the seven team members. Coming in second was the ‘Orange Power’ of Billings Public School averaging 1,099 miles for each of the four team members. ‘Yin-Yang’ of Billings claimed third place with each of the four team members averaging 1,065 miles.