The Taft Tigers took the field Tuesday morning, getting an early start during the month-long Mayor’s School Walking Challenge, and St. Luke’s Health System President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. David Pate was on hand to root the students on.
Elementary school students and mayors throughout southern Idaho are jumping into the action. The goal of the Mayor’s School Walking Challenge, now in its fourth year, is to support children’s health by inspiring elected officials and elementary school students to walk throughout the month of October.
This year, 104 schools and 47 mayors are registered to participate. At Taft, Principal Tim Lowe, shown with students along with Dr. Pate, and colleagues have arranged a series of classes and walks throughout the month.
Elementary schools will track the average number of miles walked per student during school hours and on school grounds. The top 50 schools will receive funds for physical activity equipment or lunchroom equipment. Mayors are competing for funds for physical activities at their schools and parks.
Last October, 25 mayors logged more than 10,783,401 steps and walked 179 times with their elementary schools, and 72 schools participated.
The event is sponsored by High Five, the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, St. Luke’s Health System and the Idaho Dairy Council.
Roya Camp is managing editor and executive communications coordinator for St. Luke’s Health System.