Steps for Schools
Putting an end to childhood obesity begins with community leaders setting examples and being role models for our children.
But it doesn’t end there. High Five!’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. The top three steppers earn $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 respectively, and every legislator averaging 10,000 steps a day earns $350 for their schools.
The High Five! 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:
- To help lawmakers think about childhood health issues in Idaho
- To highlight our lawmakers as good role models for our children
- To create a buzz about health issues within legislators’ districts
- To promote childhood wellness throughout Idaho
Here are the results from High Five!’s Steps for Schools 2017 inaugural year:
- Legislators walked over 12 million steps
- The top five participants logged more than 3.5 million steps—over 1600 miles!
- Social media posts about the program reached over 43,000 Idahoans
- 1st place went to Representative Priscilla Giddings and $3,000 to Timberline Elementary in Weippe.
- 2nd place went to Representative Mat Erpelding and $2,000 to Pierce Park Elementary in Boise.
- 3rd place went to Representative Bryan Zollinger and $1,000 to the Idaho Falls School District.
- 19 senators and representatives won “Stepper Up” awards for averaging more than 10,000 steps daily. Each award earned $350 for their school of choice.