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Legislators take a stroll with local students

Posted at 5:06 PM, Feb 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-01 14:34:48-05

BOISE — One in three Idaho children is overweight or obese, but the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation is hoping to change that, and they’re tapping lawmakers to help.

All session long, legislators have been competing in the “Steps for Schools Challenge."

The goal is to average at least 10,000 steps every day in February.

On Wednesday, elected officials were joined by students from Ponderosa Elementary for a tour in and around the Capitol.

The goal is to set a good example of healthy active lifestyles for Idaho kids.

"You know, this is great. I mean, it’s great for the kids, but it’s really good for us,” said Boise Rep. Maryanne Jordan (D-Boise). “We do a lot of sitting in this building, and to have something that makes you account to yourself for moving during the day really helps us out."

This year, more than 50 elected officials are participating in the “Steps for Schools” event. The participants who achieve their goal will receive a $500 donation to a school of their choice for playground or physical education equipment.