- Associated Press - Sunday, May 22, 2016

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Rep. Mike Simpson is trimming down.

The 65-year-old Idaho Republican tells the Idaho Statemsan (https://goo.gl/ekNksh ) he’s lost 68 pounds in 18 months. He’s down to 207, and says he feels healthier and energized.

He uses a Fitbit on his wrist to measure his steps, and he walks an average of 5 miles a day. In August he hopes to summit Castle Peak, in Idaho’s White Cloud Mountains. After a 15-year effort, Simpson won passage of a wilderness bill for the White Clouds and other central Idaho mountain ranges last summer.

Simpson wants to encourage others to be more active. He’s launching the “Hike with Mike” Idaho Step Challenge, urging people to sign up to walk 2,963 miles in the next 12 to 15 months. That’s roughly the distance from the Statehouse in Boise to the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

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Information from: Idaho Statesman, https://www.idahostatesman.com

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