How much does the program cost?

Nothing! Everything you’ll need, such as program materials, is sent to your school at no cost to you.

How do I participate?

First, you’ll need to register. Registration for STEP Express is due by January 31.

Once you’re registered, you’ll receive all of the program materials. Materials include: a binder with lesson plans for each teacher, passports for each 4th grader, parent letters, posters, including a map of Utah, and all necessary PE equipment to complete activities (footballs, soccer balls, baseballs, fitness chips, beanbags, stop watches, jump ropes, and more).

How does it work?

STEP Express contains three main parts:


Students participate in physical activity for eight weeks. The school with the highest amount of physical activity will win a grand prize. The fitness challenge begins and ends with an assessment adapted from the President’s Fitness Challenge. Schedule the fitness challenge at your convenience. Since the trackers must be submitted by May 1, to be eligible for a prize, we recommend you start the program no later than March 1. Registration for STEP Express is due by January 31.


These lesson plans cover the entire 4th grade physical education state core curriculum as well as parts of the health education core. Do these lessons at your own pace. They do not have to be completed on a specific time table or concurrent with the eight-week Fitness Challenge.


The activities cover the physical education state core curriculum. SelectHealth provides schools with all the needed equipment. Do these activities at your own pace. Although the activities coincide with the lesson plans, they do not need to be completed with them. The lesson plans and PE activities can be done anytime during the school year. The lesson plans also can be done separately from the PE activities.

How do I turn in my exercise minutes?

After tracking your class minutes of exercise for eight weeks, email your tracking sheet with your total minutes of exercise and your pre-and post-Fitness Test scores to

Do I have to register every year to participate?

Yes, each year we need to know the correct number of passports and parent letters to mail out to your school.

What are the prizes?

1st Place: $2,500
2nd Place: $1,500
3rd Place: $1,000

Can we win even if we are a small school?

Yes, we take an average of minutes per student—so no matter your size, everyone is competing at an equal advantage.

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