For the third year in a row, South Dakota hunters logged on to HealthySD.gov to register for free GPS units as part of Healthy South Dakota's Healthy Hunter campaign.
Healthy Hunter was developed by the Department of Health in collaboration with Game, Fish and Parks to help hunters be more active and eat healthier in preparation for the hunting season. Visitors to the Healthy Hunter Web site were encouraged to register for the free GPS units sponsored by the two departments as a tool for mapping and monitoring distances for physical activity.
The Web site is a centerpiece of the Healthy South Dakota initiative and was created to provide a resource for credible information related to nutrition and physical activity. The Healthy Hunter section is added each September to provide specific information for hunters, including a six-week training plan to prepare for hunting season, information on healthy eating, healthy snacks and even recipes for wild game.
"Hunting is a South Dakota tradition. Eating the right foods and being physically active in preparation for the hunt can go a long way to making it an even more enjoyable experience," said Linda Ahrendt Nutrition and Physical Activity Coordinator for the Department of Health.
Winners were Patrick Hamilton, Redfield; Dave Garlow, Pierre; Joseph Loglisci, Webster; Duane Nicholas, Spearfish; and Tyler Holzer, Pierre.