South Dakota GFP, Sanford Health Introduce Fitness Passport Challenge
PIERRE, S.D. – A new Fitness Passport Challenge game will kick off on South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks’ Open House and Free Fishing Weekend, May 18.
Game, Fish and Parks has teamed up with Sanford Health in an effort to get families outside and healthy. The Passport Fitness Challenge encourages people of all ages to visit South Dakota state parks, state fish hatcheries and the Outdoor Campuses. The game requires players to have their passport books stamped at several areas in order to earn prizes. Participants earn prizes for visiting 10, 25, 45 and 65+ areas.
“We are always looking for ways for families to not only get outdoors, but to get healthy,” said Lynn Spomer, visitor services coordinator for South Dakota state parks. “By teaming up with Sanford Health and including fit tips in the Passport book, we are encouraging both.”
Sanford’s fit platform focuses on making healthy choices in regards to four key areas: nutritional choices (FOOD), activity levels (MOVE), rest and energy levels (RECHARGE), and attitudes and emotions (MOOD).
“Our state parks are excellent and easy places to live all four platforms by being physically active, spending time with family, relaxing and eating good ‘home cooked’ meals,” said Neal Nachtigall, Director of Children’s Health and Fitness Initiatives at Sanford Health. “Sanford Health is proud to partner with Game, Fish and Parks to encourage everyone to spend time in our wonderful state parks, making good, healthy choices and then continuing those choices back home.”
A kick-off event is planned for Saturday, May 19, at The Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls. Sanford Health’s fit friends will be on hand to distribute the Passport books from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CDT.
To get started, pick up a passport book at any state park or GFP office, or email email@example.com to request a copy.