Walking Challenge engages Idaho elected officials

Steps for Schools

The health of Idaho’s children begins with kids exercising. Elected officials can help by setting a good example and serving as positive role models for our youth.

The Steps for Schools walking challenge empowers Idaho lawmakers to get involved and earn funds for a school of their choice to purchase equipment that encourages students to be active.

Our Goals

Every February during the Idaho legislative session, Steps for Schools motivates participants to be active for their own health as well as the school of their choice. Steps for Schools has four goals:

  • Remind lawmakers to think about children’s health issues
  • Highlight our lawmakers as positive role models for children
  • Create awareness about health issues in Idaho
  • Promote child wellness throughout Idaho

How it works:

  • 1

    Elected officials wear an activity tracker and commit to walking every day in February

  • 2

    Elected officials earn funds for an Idaho school of their choice by averaging 5,000 ($500) or 10,000 ($1,000) steps

  • 3

    The funds can be used for equipment, programs or projects that encourages children to be active

$53,500 to Idaho Schools!

Thank you to the 70 legislators and elected officials who participated in the 2022 Steps for Schools walking challenge. In all, 61 participants reached one of the daily step goals to earn $53,500 for Idaho schools. The number of participants and the amount earned both are Steps for Schools records. Legislators with questions about Steps for Schools can email info@bcidahofoundation.org.

Steps for Schools History

The Steps for Schools walking challenge has grown each year since its inception in 2015.

YearParticipantsAmount to Idaho schools
201515$16,000
201621$11,950
201725$11,950
201834$17,000
201945$22,500
202052$38,250
202160$50,000
202270$53,500

What They’re Saying

Participants talk about the Steps for Schools walking challenge

  • I’ve enjoyed participating and appreciate what the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health is doing, and tying it to the schools is a great idea.

    Maryanne JordanFormer Idaho State Senator
  • Thank you so much it is a pleasure to work with this program and it was quite enjoyable trying to walk more than usual and get funds for these lower income teens. Thank you for offering the program for us.” 

    Marco A. EricksonIdaho State Representative
  • Thank you for this great opportunity. It will keep me walking.

    Julie YamamotoIdaho State Representative
  • This is such a wonderful program, always a pleasure to be a part! Thanks so much for supporting our youth and health and physical activity!!!

    Muffy DavisFormer Idaho State Representative