Congressman Mike Simpson: Power of Walking

We spoke with Congressman Mike Simpson to learn how he got involved with Steps for Schools and what it meant to him.


Congressman Mike Simpson: My doctor said I needed to lose some weight and that I needed to get some exercise, and he suggested that I get a Fitbit and start walking, get your 10,000 steps a day, and that type of stuff. So, I started doing that, and for the first few months I kind of played around with it. And then, about a year ago, a little over a year ago, I got serious about it, and pretty soon, all of my staff had a Fitbit and we were doing challenges with one another. So, my staff finally said to me, “Well, why don’t we walk from capital to capital?” And I said, “Okay. What capital to what capital?” They said, “D.C. to Boise.” I said, “Really!”

And so, we started a challenge, and we’ve got hundreds of people that have joined us. It’s not a race, it’s just a challenge to see if you can do it. And what we’re encouraging to do, and what this D.C.-to-Boise walk is encouraging people to do, is to get out and walk, move around. It gets kinds of addictive and it’s kind of fun.

I would challenge every state legislator to take the Blue Cross Step Challenge and step it up.

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