Idaho mayors continually put their best foot forward in October during the Mayor’s Walking Challenge, meaning $68,000 will be distributed to Idaho cities in the coming weeks. It’s the largest total in the six-year history of the Mayor’s Walking Challenge, a program put on by the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health to help shine a spotlight on the importance of children being physically active.

Mayors were challenged to walk an average of 10,000 steps per day in October, and the 68 who completed the challenge each earned $1,000 for their community that can be used to help encourage children to be active via programs or projects. Physical activity and access to healthy foods are two key factors in keeping kids healthy in a time when one in three Idaho children are either overweight or obese.

“We thank all of the mayors who participated and congratulate those who set great examples for their communities by walking at least 10,000 steps per day,” said Kendra Witt-Doyle, Executive Director, Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health.

Many of the participating mayors were rewarded with bonus steps for visiting schools and walking with children and reminding them how important it is to be physically active. Some mayors walked with every school or class in their city.

Below is a list of the mayors who won $1,000 for their city in the Mayor’s Walking Challenge in our area.

Northern Idaho

Orofino, Ryan Smathers

Peck, Nancy Greene

Pierce, Trevor Sparrow

Cottonwood, Pepper Harman

Juliaetta, Richard Groseclose

Kamiah, Betty Heater

Lapwai, Antonio Smith

Lewiston, Mike Collins

Moscow, Bill Lambert

Nezperce, Steve Bateman

Winchester, Miriam Youngren

About High Five

High Five is an initiative of the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health that promotes physical activity and access to healthy foods for Idaho kids. We work directly with elected officials, communities and families to develop advocates for children’s health, ensuring that our efforts are localized and lasting.

About the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation

for Health

The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, Inc., is a nonprofit charitable foundation established in 2001 by Blue Cross of Idaho.

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