High Five Steps for Schools Challenge
The High Five Children’s Health Collaborative, powered by the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation, challenged Idaho legislators to walk as much as they could during the month of February 2017. Winners of the Steps for Schools challenge earned cash to fund physical activity equipment or walking programs at schools in their legislative district.
There were two ways to win:
1. ALL legislators who averaged 10,000 per earned $350 for their schools.
2. Legislators with the highest step counts earned their schools $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 respectively.
Legislators tracked their steps using a FitBit given to them for the challenge.
The High Five Children’s Health Collaborative created Steps for Schools to accomplish four goals:
1. To educate our lawmakers about the current state of childhood health
2. To position legislators as role models for Idaho students
3. To spark community conversations about health within legislators’ districts
4. To ultimately promote childhood wellness statewide
The competition targeted legislators because of their leadership capabilities in their communities. These leaders act as ambassadors for childhood health throughout the state. When legislators are informed, they will help drive conversation and make positive changes in Idaho.