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Get motivated for healthy moving

June 2, 2004

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A speaker who has walked across North America seven times will give the public tips on how to stay motivated for walking and living healthy on Wednesday June 16.

Robert Sweetgall will present a free seminar "Motivation to Move: Fitting 6,000 Footsteps Into a Frantic Day," at Montana State University-Bozeman's Strand Union Building, Ballroom A, at 7 p.m.

"Sweetgall is considered America's leading advocate for walking for wellness," said Katie Bark of the Montana Team Nutrition Program. His presentation will encourage listeners to move their bodies more even when they have many responsibilities. His talk will focus on physical activity, weight management, stress management, walking and total well-being. "Sweetgall has walked through all 50 states, logging 11,208 miles in 365 days," said Bark. He is the author of 17 books on walking and wellness and has spoken to a million people worldwide.

In spite of his impressive walking credentials, Sweetgall describes himself as having started out as an "overweight Brooklyn boy" who "loved cheesecake." As a walking and health guru, he has helped thousands of people take up healthier lifestyles.

His presentation is sponsored by Montana Team Nutrition and the Montana Behavioral Initiative's Summer Institute. The MBI Summer Institute is an educational conference dedicated to helping schools and communities set up environments that improve student behavior and responsibility. For agenda and registration information visit the website at

Contact: Katie Bark (406) 994-5641