National Bike Month

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Inflate the tires and dust off the helmets because it’s time to get out and ride! May is National Bike Month and Go! Bismarck Mandan wants to let families know about some great events taking place throughout the month.

On Wednesday, May 6, students across the country will be participating in “Bike to School Day.” This event started in 2012 after the success of “Walk to School Day.” Even though it has only been around for a short amount of time, “Bike to School Day” continues to grow. More than 2,200 schools participated last year!

Adults will have their chance for some outdoor fun as well. May 11-15 is “Bike to Work Week.” It’s a great chance to get active, help preserve the environment, and save money on gas!

The 8th Annual Bike Rodeo will take place in the parking lot of Target in Bismarck on Tuesday, May 12. Events include an obstacle course, bike inspection and a drawing for a free bike! Click here for more information.

Get out this May and enjoy the spring weather by putting some miles on those bikes that have been sitting in the garage all winter. Make it a weekend activity by exploring the bike trails in Bismarck and Mandan.


Drop and Give Me 15!

Go! Bismarck Mandan is asking area parents to “Drop and Give Me 15!” The Drop (off) and Give Me 15 (minutes) program is an effort to give students some early morning physical activity to help them gain the energy and focus they need for the rest of the day.Drop and Give Me

Here is how it works: Parents drop their kids off at school at least 15 minutes before the first bell for some fun activities and games. Kids can start as early as tomorrow morning – the playground supervisors are already there!

Not only is physical activity good for the body, but it helps the mind as well. Being active before school leads to healthier bodies, better academic performance, less tardiness, and more focus. Playground supervisors will be at schools all over the Bismarck and Mandan area, so drop your kids off 15 minutes early for the energy they need for their bodies and minds.

Remember, this 15 minutes in the morning can go a long way toward the 60 minutes of physical activity kids need every day.


Go! Healthy Worksite Recognition

Congratulations to our Go! Healthy workplaces for 2015! Eight area employers were recently recognized for their efforts to support employee wellness. The Go! Healthy workplaces for 2015 are:

• Aetna
• Basin Electric Power Cooperative
• City of Bismarck
• Custer Health
• North Dakota Department of Health
• Farm Credit Services of Mandan
• HDR, Inc.
• Mandan Public School District

These area employers go above and beyond to support employee wellness. The Go! Healthy Worksite Wellness Recognition Program was created to acknowledge employers in Bismarck and Mandan who have demonstrated a commitment to their employees’ health by developing and implementing exceptional employee wellness programs.


Go! Healthy Program Go! Bismarck Mandan and Bismarck Burleigh Public Health have partnered with local restaurants and cafeterias to review menu items and show with a Go! sticker which items on the menu are the healthier choices.   Special thanks to the following restaurants and cafeterias for their participation:

  • Sanford Cafeteria
  • St. Alexius Cafeteria
  • Taco Del Mar
  • Pita Pit
  • Aviands at UTTC
  • BSC Cafeteria

Go! Healthy Program Flyer Interested in the nutritional facts for other chain restaurants?  Click here for all the info!


On the Move Program in the Schools

On the Move to Better Health is a five-lesson curriculum for children grades four through six to promote healthy behaviors such as eating more fruits, vegetables and calcium-rich foods and getting plenty of physical activity!

Click the MyPlate Juggler to begin logging your healthy activities!


BisMarket: Your Community Farmers Market

The 2015 BisMarket starts on June 6! We will see you at Sertoma park every Saturday and Wednesday this summer for some delicious local food and more. Don’t forget about GO! to the Market Saturdays for local artists, booths and food demonstrations.

Check out the 2015 BisMarket poster for more information.


Go! Vending and Concession Guidelines

Go! Bismarck Mandan recognizes the following community entities for providing healthier options and access to healthier foods and drinks in their vending: – Mandan Parks and Recreation District – Raging Rivers Waterpark – Bismarck Parks and Recreation District – all beverage vending machines Go! Standards for Healthy Options in all local vending machines and concession stands

Several new resources are available from the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) including a list of products that meet the NANA standards and a fact sheet on the financial impact of healthy vending standards. Thank you to those NANA members who provided background information and feedback.

Adventure Walks

Go for an adventure! Click on the following links for more information:

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