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Event Recognition

Event Recognition

Healthy By Design Recognition Program encourages event coordinators and event venues to take part in the effort to make our community healthier. The goals of the Recognition Program are to create a standard of excellence for events in Yellowstone County and to recognize events that promote healthy lifestyles.

Event recognition is a great promotional tool for coordinators in Yellowstone County. Event coordinators will receive:

  • Expert guidance and recommendations for planning the event
  • Promotion of the event through the Healthy By Design website and social media outlets
  • Use of the Healthy By Design logo, banners, and educational materials at the event
  • Certificate of recognition
  • The satisfaction of making a positive impact on community health
Event Recognition

Event Planning

While no two events are exactly the same, there are five health standards that must be met for an event to be recognized as Healthy By Design: Safety, Nutrition, Environmental Stewardship, Physical Activity, and Prevention & Overall Wellness. If you have questions or need assistance in completing the Healthy By Design recognition application, see the documents pertaining to each standard.

Event Recognition Application

Fill out the form below, or download a hard copy of the Healthy By Design recognition application.

Hard copy applications should be submitted with supporting documentation to:

Healthy By Design
123 South 27th Street
Billings, MT 59101

The Healthy By Design Review Team reviews applications on an ongoing basis. To make the most of recognition and the materials and publicity that come with it, submit the application at least three weeks before the event.

  • You will receive a written evaluation of your application with comments and suggestions from the Review Team with conditional or full approval.
  • Recurring events will be recognized for one calendar year. An application for the ongoing event can be resubmitted for review and recognition annually.

Online Application

The following is the online application for Healthy By Design Event Recognition. Using this form will not allow you to save and return to complete the form at a later time. If you would like to save as you go, please download an application.


Whole CommunityFamiliesYouthSeniorsOther
If YES, review your past application and note event changes as you complete this form. Submit your updated application at least two weeks prior to your event.
If NO, please submit completed application at least three weeks prior to your event.
Please complete each section in the application and strive to check at least one box in each section. Healthy By Design will contact you if there are questions about your application.


The Event is Outdoors

There is an Evacuation Plan in Place.
Traffic issues have been addressed.
There are First Aid Attendants available or a first aid kit with someone trained in providing first aid
Water is being provided or guests told to bring own


Not serving food or beverages(if this box is checked, proceed to Environmental Stewardship)

No changes from last year’s event
Water is offered as a beverageGrains are offered as whole grain choicesVegetables are providedCondiments are on the sideThose serving and/or handling food at the event meet food safety requirementsPortion sizes are controlledLower fat dairy products are providedHealthy fat protein is providedFruit is substituted for high sugar treats


Environmental Stewardship

Check all that apply (for more information and tips on how to include items below into your event, click here)
No changes from last year’s event
Recycling containers and signage for proper usePromotion or use of reusable water containersPromotion of event carpoolingReuse of banners and event materialsUse of reusable utensils and platesPosted maps and routes to use active transportation to get to and from your event

Physical Activity

Check all that apply (for more information and tips on how to include items below into your event, click here)
No changes from last year’s event
Promotion of walking/biking trails and routesPromotion of active transportation to/from the eventEncourage parking further from the event and walkingParticipants at risk of injury from exercise and other possible risks are identified prior to exerciseProviding education regarding intensity, duration and types of exercise that contribute to good healthWaivers distributed and collected, if necessaryProviding breaksLeading a stretching exerciseSuggest taking the stairs instead of the elevator

Prevention and Overall Wellness

Check all that apply (for more information and tips on how to include items below into your event, click here)
No changes from last year’s eventBreaks are regularly scheduledResources are provided at an information/check-in tableHandwashing information is postedInformation is available about tobacco cessation, sunscreen, etc.Health screening/services are provided (blood pressure check, flu shot, etc.)Hand sanitizer stations are providedThe event is tobacco freeMusic will be played at some breaks

Thank you for taking the time to apply for Healthy By Design event recognition. A Healthy By Design team member will get back to you shortly about your application. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact us at
Disclaimer: Healthy By Design Recognition indicates compliance with Healthy By Design standards. Healthy By Design Coalition and Review Team partners are not responsible for the actions, statements or views of the event’s sponsoring organization or event happenings. Adherence to these claims made above are self-policed.

Examples of Locally Recognized Events

Big Sky Economic Development Luncheon • Yellowstone Valley Elementary X-C Meet • Ales for Trails •Heart & Sole Run • Healthy Kids Day • Faith Community Nursing • Chicks in Science • Bike Walk Summit • Walk for Water • Friends Of The Poor Walk • Billings Family YMCA Feast N’ Float • Billings Clinic Safety & Wellness Fair • Capturing the Vision of Wellness American Indian Women’s Health Conference • Pink Ribbon Bingo-“A Ladies Night Out” • Tobacco Free Fun Night • Youth in Action • Indian Health Service Common Mission Conference • League of Women Voters Styleshow • MPHA-MEHA Fall Conference • Walk to Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week • Western Planners Conference • WIC Open House • Babysitter Lessons And Safety Training (BLAST) • Infill Policy Workshop