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.
And the 2017 winner is….THE KIDS!
Wow — we have had some dedicated walkers during this Steps for Schools Challenge!
- Legislators walked over 12 MILLION steps during the Steps for Schools Challenge. That’s more than enough to get everyone from Boise to DC and back to Boise again!
- The top 5 participants had over 3.5 MILLION steps — that’s more than 1,600 miles!
- The Steps for Schools Walking Challenge had HUNDREDS of shares, posts and likes and reached more than 43,000 Idahoans on social media!
In addition to some friendly competition among legislators, this challenge raised the awareness of healthy activities for our youth. We’d like to thank our legislators for their part in helping create a fun way for kids to see that there’s more to life than television and smartphones! Those kids are the real winner of this challenge.
And the winning legislators are…..
Representative Priscilla Giddings. Representative Giddings averaged 30,254 steps each day and had a total of 847,106 steps for the month! She will be donating her $3,000 to Timberline Elementary in Weippe.
Representative Mat Erpelding. Representative Erpelding averaged 30,046 steps each day and had a total of 821,292 steps for the month! He will be donating his $2,000 to Pierce Park Elementary in Boise.
Representative Bryan Zollinger. Representative Zollinger averaged 29,319 steps each day and had a total of 800,921 steps for the month! He will be donating his $1,000 to the Idaho Falls School District in Idaho Falls.
“Stepper” Up Awards:
Everyone who averaged more than 10,000 steps per day will also receive a check for their school for $350. Congratulations to the following legislators:
Representative Karey Hanks, Representative Dorothy Moon, Representative Steve Harris, Representative Clark Kauffman, Representative Thyra Stevenson, Representative Janet Trujilo, Senator Janie Ward-Engelking, Representative Sage Dixon, Representative Dustin Manwaring, Representative Terry Gestrin, Representative Marc Gibbs, Representative Lance Clow, Senator Maryanne Jordan, Representative John McCrostie, Senator Steve Vick, Representative Paul Amador, Senator Dean Mortimer, Representative Ilana Rubel, Senator Steven Thayn
After walking over 12 MILLION steps in February, Idaho lawmakers were awarded over $10,000 in funding from the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation to be used for area schools!
We're excited to have had so many legislators participate this year!
||District||# Steps Walked||Avg Steps Walked|
|Representative Priscilla Giddings||7||847,106||30,253|
|Representative Mat Erpelding||19||841,292||30,046|
|Representative Bryan Zollinger||33B||820,921||29,318|
|Representative Karey Hanks||35||574,375||20,513|
|Representative Dorothy Moon||8||518,280||18,510|
|Representative Steve Harris||21A||473,023||16,893|
|Representative Clark Kauffman||25||380,015||13,571|
|Representative Thyra Stevenson||6||361,852||12,923|
|Representative Janet Trujilo||33A||345,423||12,336|
|Senator Janie Ward-Engelking||18||334,589||11,949|
|Representative Sage Dixon||1B||332,145||11,862|
|Representative Dustin Manwaring||29||330,479||11,802|
|Representative Terry Gestrin||8||330,004||11,785|
|Representative Marc Gibbs||32||320,737||11,454|
|Representative Lance Clow||24||316,608||11,307|
|Senator Maryanne Jordan||17||315,621||11,272|
|Representative John McCrostie||16||314,285||11,224|
|Senator Steve Vick||2||301,309||10,761|
|Representative Paul Amador||4||296,821||10,600|
|Senator Dean Mortimer||30||296,632||10,594|
|Representative Ilana Rubel||18||284,214||10,150|
|Senator Steven Thayn||8||282,540||10,090|
|Representative Caroline Troy||5||266,466||9,516|
|Representative John Vander Woude||22||256,384||9,156|
|Representative James Hotlzclaw||20||239,154||8,541|
|Senator Dan Johnson||6||233,102||8,325|
|Senator Mark Harris||32||215,555||7,698|
|Representative Mike Moyle||14||211,672||7,559|
|Representative Sally Toone||26||187,899||6,710|
|Representative Thomas Dayley||21||186,252||6,651|
|Senator Chuck Winder||20||181,747||6,490|
|Representative Melissa Wintrow||19||178,070||6,359|
|Representative Kelley Packer||28||166,395||5,942|
|Senator Bob Nonini||3||157,141||5,612|
|Representative Sue Chew||17||155,502||5,553|
|Representative Robert Anderst||12||119,718||4,275|
|Representative Randy Armstrong||28||114,248||4,080|
|Representative Phylis King||18||104,005||3,714|
|Representative Christy Perry||11||85,477||3,052|
|Representative Paulette Jordan||5||30,396||1,085|
|Senator Todd Lakey||12||22,714||811|
|Representative Julie Van Orden||31||19,083||681|
Listen to Idaho congressman Mike Simpson discuss the 2017 Steps for Schools Walking Challenge.