Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity Program

Nutrition and Physical Activity Program

The Montana Nutrition & Physical Activity (NAPA) Program's mission is to make active living and healthy eating easier everywhere Montanans live, work, learn, and play. We are located within the Department of Public Health & Human Services in the Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Bureau.

Click the tabs below to learn about recent NAPA efforts and to sign up for the upcoming Walk With Ease Program!

The Walk with Ease Program is a six-week walking program for anyone who would like to start or maintain a low impact exercise program. The upcoming session will run from April 3 through May 21, 2024.

Register Here!

In honor of National Walking Day (April 3rd) and Move More Month, there will be weekly prize giveaways to participants that track their walking minutes. Participants that track their progress for all 6 weeks will be entered into a drawing for one of two $50 gift cards! 

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"The Walk with Ease program encouraged me to get out and exercise. It helped to my improve my mental health during the pandemic by giving me a purpose in my walking!"
-Montana resident

Walk with Ease Structure 

  • Runs from April 3 through May 21, 2024
  • Independent, 6-week walking program
  • Open to anyone who wants to start or maintain low-impact exercise program
  • Participants walk a minimum of three days per week
  • Participants can determine time and distance
  • Program is designed for all fitness levels
  • Participants will receive weekly encouragement emails from instructor
  • Walk with Ease Frequently Asked Questions


Walk with Ease Sign-Up

To register for the Walk with Ease Program, click here!

After you register for the Walk with Ease Program you will receive a confirmation email from "Montana Walk With Ease" to confirm your successful registration.

For any questions or concerns, please email Erin or Melissa at

Healthy living can be achieved by everyone. Physical activity, healthy eating, and community engagement are three ways to build healthy lives. These things can be challenging if they aren’t accessible or enjoyable. That’s why we want to emphasize the importance of finding joy in the things you do.   

A sunset image with five people jumping in the air with the title "Joy in Healthy Living: Active lives and healthy food for all Montanans." In the lower right hand corner there is the Public Health in the 406 logo and Department of Public Health and Human Services logo.

Check out the Joy in Healthy Living Story Map to find fresh affordable food, physical activity that’s right for you, or state, local and Tribal community health programs. The Story Map also has resources on preparing healthy meals, inclusive fitness, chronic disease prevention, and Tribal success stories. Feeling good about moving your body, making delicious food, and surrounding yourself with a supportive community can help you stay motivated in living an active and healthy life.  

This web-based resource is provided by the State Health Improvement Plan and its partners to support healthy living for all Montanans. Share this page with your colleagues, friends, and family to support your community in living healthy. If your community program needs to be added, if you know of an outstanding resource that should be included, or if you want to share a Tribal/Urban success story, let us know in the “Add a resource” tab of the Story Map. We hope this Story Map encourages all Montanans to access community opportunities and find joy in healthy living.

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In Montana, most infants (91%) start out breastfeeding yet only a third (34%) are exclusively breastfed at the recommended duration of 6 months, according to 2019 National Vital Statistics and National Immunization Survey data. This is in part due to policy, system, and environmental barriers which prevent many families from meeting their breastfeeding goals. Learn more about breastfeeding trends, barriers, and support systems with the State of Breastfeeding in Montana Story Map.  

The Montana NAPA Program recognizes that infant nutrition in a public health issue. Learn about the ways NAPA is supporting lactation efforts around Montana by clicking the below links.

Montana Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Logo Montana birthing facilities can attain Baby-Friendly designation.


Montana Mother-Friendly Worksite Initiative Logo

Montana worksites can receive Montana Mother-Friendly Worksite recognition.