Rep. Giddings wins Steps for Schools Challenge

Posted at 5:25 PM, Mar 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-08 19:27:29-05

Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, is the 2017 winner of the Steps for Schools Challenge inside the Idaho Statehouse. 

"I personally stepped, on average, 30,000 steps per day and beat all of the other legislators," Giddings said.

Giddings said it was a race to the finish as she walked on her treadmill up until the final hours of the competition. 

Giddings narrowly out-stepped Rep. Mat Erpelding, D-Boise. Erpelding won the challenge in 2015 and took second place in 2016. 

Legislators were asked to wear fitness trackers throughout the month of February as part of the competition. All legislators who walked an average of 10,000 steps per day won $350 for physical education or walking programs at a school in their district. 

This year, the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health chose to award the top three highest-stepping lawmakers with $3,000 for schools in their districts. 

"I've had multiple legislators come up to me and say this is one of the best things they did in the session, because they do go out and eat and they have all this stress and it gave them a really good outlet while giving back to their community," Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health Executive Director Kendra Witt-Doyle said.

Giddings' winnings will go to Timberline Elementary School in Weippe.