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Posted on: October 26, 2010

[ARCHIVED] Bismarck Burleigh Public Health Launches Moving More Eating Smarter Recognition Program

Bismarck Burleigh Public Health (BBPH) is launching a new Moving More Eating Smarter (MMES) Recognition Program that will recognize Restaurants, Childcare Providers, and Churches that support healthy lifestyles and make the healthy choice the easy choice.

“Restaurants, childcare providers and churches now have an opportunity to participate and to be recognized as our community’s healthy choice when they apply for recognition and meet the guidelines that focus on Moving More and Eating Smarter”, said Wanda Agnew, PhD., LRD. “The program is voluntary, inexpensive, and intended to support healthy weight and to reduce chronic diseases. Research shows that families and individuals benefit when places of worship and places where people eat away from home and take care of children offer healthy choices”.

Restaurant owners will receive free nutritional analysis of their recipes. Menu items that meet pre-approved nutritional guidelines will be able to showcase entrees that are lower in fat, calories, and sodium and include components such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables by highlighting them with a GO! Bismarck Mandan stamp of approval. Recognized restaurants will be announced publicly, listed on various health-promoting websites, and be encouraged to use promotional materials and publicity educating consumers about what the GO! stamp of approval signifies.

Churches and childcare providers receive recognition when they meet fifteen guidelines that focus on healthy food, moving more and support of mom and baby teams during their breastfeeding period. “Most individuals want to make healthy choices, but in our busy world often inactivity and poor food choices are the only choice”, said Agnew. This new community project supports families to include healthy choices where they eat, live, worship, and play on a daily basis, which helps to build a healthier community.

Bismarck Burleigh Public Health plans and promotes health and safety for all residents. GO! Bismarck Mandan (GO!) is a healthy community coalition and supports the new recognition program. For more information about the MMES Recognition Program or the healthy community coalition please call 355-1555, 355-1540 or visit www.bismarck.org/publichealth and www.gobismarckmandan.org

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