MM Split LogoMontana Moves June COTM: Get Down and Dirty!

God made dirt:  dirt don’t hurt.

Here’s the one time in life you won’t get in trouble for taking a dirty picture, because that’s exactly what we’re challenging you to do this month! Send us a fun picture of you (and friends) getting dirty on the trail, in the wilderness, or on the water during the month of June. Much of Montana received a healthy portion of much-needed rain during May, so it shouldn’t be hard to find a little mud out there. (You did realize we were talking about getting muddy, right?)  You don’t even necessarily have to get muddy to play—dirt, sweat, blood: they count too.  Dirty dogs, absolutely. Bicycles, yes please.  The point is to hit the trails, mountains, or water, and have FUN!!!  Send your picture to by July 1 to be entered into our monthly prize drawing.  Also remember that we’ll have our big Quarterly drawing at the end of the month as well!

Neal Andrews and Ethan Stokes getting an early start to the June Challenge with a cold, muddy ride through the Bangtail Mountains.
Neal Andrews and Ethan Stokes getting an early start to the June Challenge with a cold, muddy ride through the Bangtail Mountains.

Montana Meals June COTM: Go Meatless on Mondays

This month, the challenge is to participate in Meatless Mondays, an international campaign to reduce meat consumption in order to promote personal and environmental health (  Meat contains several important nutrients including iron, zinc, B vitamins, and protein, and can certainly be part of a healthy diet. However, here a few reasons to eat meatless once a week this month:

  • Studies show that eating more plants and a plant-based diet can reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
  • Eating less meat benefits the environment as the production of meat requires more fossil fuel and results in more greenhouse gas emission than the production of plant-based proteins.
  • It’ll give you a reason to add a little variety to your diet. Choose beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, eggs, and low-fat dairy for protein.
  • We’ll provide a dinner recipe idea each Monday on our Facebook page, plus stay tuned for more veggie meal ideas in an upcoming blog post.

To participate, download the June Log and submit your entries by sending it to with ‘June Meals’ as the subject of your email. Entries are due by Friday, June 28th.

You must be a Montana University System Insured Plan member to participate.

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