Mayor’s Walking Challenge
Sometimes fun, friendly competition between communities is a great way to get people involved…
and that’s exactly what happens with the High Five! Mayor’s Walking Challenge!
We are STATEWIDE!!! From Boundray County to Bear Lake County we invite every mayor to participate in the annual Mayor’s Walking Challenge!
We’re excited to share that in 2018, we have 72 mayors participating!
This one-month competition challenges mayors and their schools throughout Idaho to get walking to improve health, build teamwork and school pride, heighten awareness of better living styles, and to have fun!
· Mayors walk with a goal of hitting an average of 10,000 steps per day in the month of October.
· They are asked to share walking updates through their communication channels
· Mayors can earn bonus steps by walking with elementary schools!
· If they hit the 10,000 average daily steps, mayors win $1,000 to donate to the elementary school of their choice for physical activity equipment or walking program OR to the city parks department for programs or projects that keep the community active!
THE 2018 MAYOR’S WALKING CHALLENGE HAS WRAPPED!
One word: WOW!
This last month, Idaho mayors walked 12,883 miles! That’s more than halfway around the world. And getting there took 29,008,205 steps! Plus, 62 of our mayors hit their 10,000 daily step goal and won $1,000 for their communities.
The entire team at High Five and the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health is excited to see the commitment to this program from all of you. Thank you for participating and we can’t wait to do this again next year.
|Marc Beita||American Falls|
|Chris Polatis||Atomic City|
|David Sims||Bonners Ferry|
|Bruce Hossfeld||City of Paul|
|Steve Widmyer||Coeur d’Alene|
|Vern Fleisher||East Hope|
|Heidi Acuff||Fernan Lake Village|
|John Evans||Garden City|
|Joan Hawkins||Malad City|
|Tammy de Weerd||Meridian|
|Rich Sykes||Mountain Home|
|Sherry Locascio||Mud Lake|
|Darbey Edwards||New Meadows|
|Donald Powell||St. Anthony|
|Janice Duncan||Swan Valley|
|Shawn Barigar||Twin Falls|
Along the way, mayors become advocates for healthy communities:
Meridian’s Mayor: Tammy de Weerd
Mayor de Weerd: They make me feel like a rock star. I went to River Valley Elementary and they gave me a tiara and a sash, and they always have “Welcome Mayor Tammy” on their frontside.
Emmett’s Mayor: Gordon Petrie
Mayor Petrie: It helped me drop 10 pounds, like that!
Homedale’s Mayor: Gheen Christoffersen
Mayor Christoffersen: If we can figure out how to get kids involved from the school, we would get the parents involved and we’d have a healthier place to live.