Nearly 70 percent of Idaho legislators 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 Treasurer and Secretary of State, will try to reach a daily step this month to earn money for the public school, public school district or public charter school of their choice. The schools can use those funds to purchase equipment or sponsor programming that encourages children to be active.

“We appreciate the 75 legislators and constitutional officers who are making a commitment to walk for the benefit of Idaho schools,” 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. These participants have incredibly busy schedules, so this challenge reminds them and provides another good reason to be active. The Idaho schools are grateful for the support of the officials walking in Steps for Schools.”

Steps for Schools delivered $48,000 to Idaho schools in 2023. Since the program began in 2015, more than $269,000 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.