The ninth annual challenge helps Idaho leaders be active, provides funding for Idaho schools
A record 75 elected officials in Idaho, including 37 newcomers, are participating in the annual Steps for Schools walking challenge, a program of the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health that promotes the importance of being physically active.
Members of the Idaho State Legislature, as well as the State Controller and State Superintendent of Public Instruction, will try to reach a daily step goal during February to earn money for the public school, school district or charter school of their choice. The schools can use those funds to purchase equipment or sponsor programming that encourages children to be active.
“We are excited to have so many of our elected officials participating in the Steps for Schools walking challenge, especially the many new legislators,” said Kendra Witt-Doyle, Executive Director, Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health. “Walking is one of the best things that people can do for their health, and this program allows Idaho senators, representatives, and constitutional officers to earn funds for a public school, school district or charter school. We’re grateful that so many of Idaho’s elected officials are walking in Steps for Schools.”
Steps for Schools delivered $53,500 to Idaho schools in 2022. Since the program began in 2015, more than $220,000 has been awarded to Idaho schools on behalf of participating legislators.
Participants have two options in Steps for Schools:
• Walk an average of 5,000 steps a day during February to earn $500 for the school or district
• Walk an average of 10,000 steps a day during February to earn $1,000 for the school or district
Senators and representatives from 34 of Idaho’s 35 legislative districts are registered, making Steps for Schools a challenge that will positively impact nearly all of Idaho.