Idaho Lawmakers Walk Over 10 Million Steps for Children’s Health, Raise $15,000

During the month of February, nearly 40 Idaho legislators wore Fitbit devices as they conducted business at the Statehouse and went about their lives. Their goal was to average 10,000 steps each day as part of the High Five Steps For Schools Walking Challenge. Those who met the goal earned $500 to be used for physical activity equipment or walking programs at a school of their choice.

Joined by Idaho’s attorney general Lawrence Wasden, 30 legislators averaged 10,000 steps each day — roughly 5 miles — and raised $15,000 for schools across Idaho. During an awards ceremony at the Statehouse on March 7th, the legislators were recognized for their efforts by Kendra Witt-Doyle, Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health’s executive director. The Foundation is a non-profit, private foundation that manages the High Five Children’s health initiative that hosts the walking challenge.

“High Five, powered by the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, thanks each Idaho legislator who participated in the competition,” Witt-Doyle said. “They are role models who brought both attention and resources to childhood health in their communities. Most importantly, they led by example in showing their districts that living a healthy lifestyle is a priority in Idaho.”

The legislators who completed the challenge with 10,000 average daily steps were:

Jarom Wagoner 522,210 steps 18,650 avg. 261.10 miles
Jason Monks 378,683 steps 13,524 avg. 189.34 miles
Lawrence Wasden 370,981 steps 13,249 avg. 185.49 miles
Steve Harris 370,838 steps 13,244 avg. 185.42 miles
Terry Gestrin 367,533 steps 12,698 avg. 183.77 miles
Chuck Winder 352,847 steps 12,665 avg. 177.42 miles
Bryan Zollinger 350,170 steps 12,506 avg. 175.09 miles
Heather Scott 344,055 steps 12,288 avg. 172.03 miles
Clark Kauffman 333,763 steps 11,920 avg. 166.88 miles
Ronald Nate 333,750 steps 11,920 avg. 166.88 miles
Paul Amador 332,207 steps 11,865 avg. 166.10 miles
Mat Erpelding 330,516 steps 11,804 avg. 165.26 miles
Dorothy Moon 323,604 steps 11,557 avg. 161.80 miles
Sue Chew 320,658 steps 11,259 avg. 160.33 miles
Janie Ward-Engelking 319,044 steps 11,394 avg. 159.52 miles
Thyra Stevenson 310,169 steps 11,077 avg. 155.08 miles
Marc Gibbs 307,854 steps 11,283 avg. 153.93 miles
Steve Vick 307,635 steps 10,987 avg. 153.82 miles
Priscilla Giddings 302,246 steps 10,795 avg. 151.82 miles
Tony Potts 297,690 steps 10,632 avg. 148.85 miles
Lance Clow 295,473 steps 10,553 avg. 147.74 miles
Karey Hanks 292,225 steps 10,437 avg. 146.11 miles
Caroline Nilsson Troy 288,290 steps 10,296 avg. 144.15 miles
Sage Dixon 287,466 steps 10,268 avg. 143.73 miles
John McCrostie 286,654 steps 10,238 avg. 143.33 miles
Melissa Wintrow 285,338 steps 10,191 avg. 142.67 miles
Bob Nonini 281,027 steps 10,037 avg. 140.51 miles
Brent Crane 271,920 steps 10,091 avg. 135.96 miles
Maryanne Jordan 270,938 steps 10,330 avg. 135.47 miles
Ilana Rubel 268,184 steps 10,480 avg. 134.09 miles

“Childhood obesity is a serious problem in Idaho.” stated Witt-Doyle. “It negatively affects children’s behavioral, academic and mental health. It is going to take all of us, including our legislators, to make Idaho a healthy place for our children.”