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.
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!
Later this month, kids who “Drop and Give Me 15” will be in for a special treat. On the morning of April 22, guests from the University of Mary, the North Dakota Army National Guard, and other Go! Bismarck Mandan partners will be on hand to help get kids active and ready to take on the day.
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.
National Bike Month
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!
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.
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:
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
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!
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