NAMPA -- Hundreds of students at Endeavor Elementary School got the chance to stretch their legs and walk outside thanks to the Mayor's School Walking Challenge.

Nampa mayor Bob Henry spoke about the lifetime benefits of walking before hitting the track with students for a midday walk.

Endeavor Elementary physical education teacher Marcus Shaw says it's an easy way to get active.

"It's easy, you don't need any equipment you just get up and go outside and walk," Shaw said. "My class might be the only P.E. that they get so I think it's very important that any chance we get to promote being healthy or exercising period, I think it's important that we promote it."

In 2015, nearly 27,000 students from 61 schools in southwestern Idaho walked nearly 178,000 miles as part of the program.