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Healthier Holidays 

Use those drumsticks this Thanksgiving

Too much food and too much shopping can do a number on a person's health (both physical and mental), but there are some more salubrious things to do during the holidays. Here we've taken the liberty of putting together a list of a few that may help you feel less ho-hum and a little more ho-ho-happy:

The Meridian Homecourt YMCA kicked off the Healthy Holiday Challenge on Nov. 20. Continuing through Jan. 4, the challenge requires working out at least twice a week and features prizes at the end of six weeks.

For those who are not members of the YMCA, this is the time to join. The Meridian Y gives away a six-week free membership for anyone participating in the challenge. To continue the membership after Jan. 4, the YMCA will waive its joining fee, which is usually $72.

For those interested in working off that turkey dinner before it even hits the table, Lifetime Fitness presents the Turkey Day Run. The 5K begins Thursday, Nov. 27, at 9 a.m., starting off at Main and Sixth streets, winding through downtown and finishing in front of City Hall on Capitol Boulevard.

Register for the run at George's Cycles on Front Street. Entry is $40 on the day of the race, and bring a nonperishable food item to help stock the pantries at Boise Rescue Mission and City Light Home for Women and Children. turkeyday-5k.com.

Another, less traditional Thanksgiving-inspired race raised nine food boxes for needy families on Nov. 22. The first-ever Cranksgiving Alleycat Race in Boise took seven teams through the streets from Hyde Park to the Crooked Fence Barrelhouse in Garden City on a mission to fill boxes with all the turkey-dinner fixings for St. Vincent de Paul, which distributes 3,000 food boxes to families in need this time of year.

In holiday shopping news, popular second-hand gear store Backcountry Pursuit has trekked into Eagle for a second location. The doors at 1541 E. Iron Eagle Drive will open on Saturday, Dec. 6. Opening day includes music by James Orr from 2-5 p.m., and 10 percent off consignment rates through the month of December.

Inventory will also switch back and forth once a month to keep both stores fresh.

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