Steps for Schools
The health of Idaho’s children begins with community leaders setting examples and being role models.
But it doesn’t end there. The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health’s Steps for Schools gets Idaho’s lawmakers involved too! Steps for Schools challenges state legislators to walk as much as possible for one month during the legislative session.
Outfitted with Fitbits, each legislator’s steps are counted, and those steps earn cash to fund their schools’ walking programs or needed physical activity equipment. Legislators who average 10,000 steps per day in the month of February win $500 for playground or physical education equipment for the school of their choice.
The Steps for Schools challenge is a nice way to burn off some steam during the busy session, but it has a serious side too. Steps for Schools has four goals:
1. To help lawmakers think about childhood health issues in Idaho
2. To highlight our lawmakers as good role models for our children
3. To create a buzz about health issues within legislators’ districts
4. To promote childhood wellness throughout Idaho
The 2020 Steps for Schools Walking Challenge
See the list of Idaho’s elected officials who earned funds for a local school!
Our elected officials did an amazing job during the 2020 Steps for Schools walking challenge. During February, 53 elected officials walked at least an average of 10,000 steps a day. They were wonderful ambassadors for health, both at the Capitol and in their communities.
The following elected officials averaged 10,000 daily steps and won at least $500 for their communities:
|Elected Official||Elected Official||Elected Official|
|Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin||Rep. Lance Clow||Rep. Dorothy Moon|
|Attorney General Lawrence Wasden||Rep. Muffy Davis||Rep. Lauren Necochea|
|Controller Brandon Woolf||Rep. Gayann DeMordaunt||Rep. Tammy Nichols|
|Sen. Mark Harris||Rep. Sage Dixon||Rep. Jerald Raymond|
|Sen. Brent Hill||Rep. Barbara Ehardt||Rep. Doug Ricks|
|Sen. Maryanne Jordan||Rep. Rod Furniss||Rep. Ilana Rubel|
|Sen. David Nelson||Rep. Terry Gestrin||Rep. Heather Scott|
|Sen. Mary Souza||Rep. Marc Gibbs||Rep. Thyra Stevenson|
|Sen. Michelle Stennett||Rep. Priscilla Giddings||Rep. Scott Syme|
|Sen. Steve Vick||Rep. Steve Harris||Rep. Sally Toone|
|Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking||Rep. Linda Wright Hartgen||Rep. Caroline Nilsson Troy|
|Sen. Chuck Winder||Rep. James Holtzclaw||Rep. John Vander Woude|
|Rep. Jim Addis||Rep. Clark Kauffman||Rep. Jarom Wagoner|
|Rep. Paul Amador||Rep. Ryan Kerby||Rep. Melissa Wintrow|
|Rep. Neil Anderson||Rep. Mike Kingsley||Rep. Tony Wisniewski|
|Rep. Kevin Andrus||Rep. Megan Kiska||Rep. Julianne Young|
|Rep. Sue Chew||Rep. Laurie Lickley||Rep. Rick Youngblood|
|Rep. Chad Christensen||Rep. John McCrostie||Rep. Bryan Zollinger|