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Walk, it's worth it

Walk, it's worth it

by Carolyn Holly

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Posted on April 21, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 7:11 AM

Here’s more proof that walking is worth it!

According to a press release form Regence Blue Shield of Idaho, it takes just 2,000 steps to walk a mile. That’s not that many times that you have to put one foot in front of the other.
Just think 2,000 steps three times a day…say morning, noon and night and you’ve got yourself three miles down the road to better health.
Idaho state lawmakers recently laced up their shoes and used their feet to walk for money and I’m sure it helped them to a healthier life.
They “Moved It” for the Regence BlueShield of Idaho challenge.
Regence gave the legislators a pedometer to track their steps.
Those who walked the most receive money for schools in their district.
Here are the 2010 winners:
The District 1 team of Sen. Shawn Keough (R-Sandpoint) and Reps. Eric Anderson (R-Priest Lake) and George Eskridge (R-Dover) won this year’s title just as they did in 2008. This year, the team took 1,510,023 steps.

Placing second was the District 25 team of Sen. Michelle Stennett (D-Ketchum) and Reps. Wendy Jaquet (D-Ketchum) and Donna Pence (D-Gooding) with 1,433,343 steps.

This year, third place went to District 17 in Ada County. 
Senator Elliot Werk and Representatives Bill Killen and Sue Chew walked almost 950-thousand steps in four weeks. 
In all, Regence donated $10,000 to the the winners chosen schools.
In Boise, the money was awarded to Grace Jordan, Jefferson, Owyhee and Whitney elementary schools.
Just above you can see a picture of the District 17 team celebrating.
School children and their principals representing Whitney, Grace Jordan, Jefferson and Owyhee elementary schools from Boise were presented checks in the amount of $500 each from Regence BlueShield of Idaho on behalf of District 17 legislators who placed third in the company's Move It legislative challenge.

Sen. Elliot Werk (back row, far left) and Rep. Bill Killen (back row, far right) were in attendance along with Dr. Stan Olson, superintendent of schools for the Boise School District (back row, fourth from right). Representing Regence BlueShield of Idaho was Tim Olson (back row, fourth from left).