Idaho officials join local walking challenge

Posted at 5:34 AM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 07:34:08-05

BOISE, Idaho — More than half of the Idaho State Legislature is participating in Steps for Schools, a month-long walking challenge put on by the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health. There are 56 legislators, along with the lieutenant governor, attorney general and controller, who can earn at least $500 for the school of their choice by walking an average of 10,000 steps a day in February.

“Steps for Schools encourages our elected officials to be active, connect with their communities and earn funds for local schools to help them get kids to be physically active,” said Kendra Witt-Doyle, Executive Director, Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health.

Participants wear an activity tracker and need 290,000 steps in February to earn funds. There also were incentives — increased payouts and bonus steps — for attending two morning walks with national community health expert Mark Fenton.

Legislators who participate in the Stroll with Students event on Wednesday will receive 10,000 bonus steps toward their total. The legislators will be walking with students from Meridian's Ponderosa Elementary School. The walk starts on the front steps of the Capitol building at 12 p.m on Wednesday.