As a former educator of health and physical education and an athlete her whole life, First Lady Lori Otter encourages Idahoans to make healthy choices in nutrition and physical activity.
The First Lady has supported efforts that connect Idahoans with healthy locally produced food and agricultural products and even helped start a community garden at the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.
In 2009 she launched the Be Outside! campaign to encourage Idahoans of all ages – especially youth – to be active outdoors and connect with nature. She also introduced a pilot fitness program that provided four Idaho schools with pedometers for students to track their physical activity.
Additionally, First Lady Lori Otter advocates about underage drinking issues in Idaho as a board member of the Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free Foundation. As one of the founders of the Idaho Meth Project, she also advocates for drug-free healthy living.
The First Lady remains personally committed to health and physical fitness, having completed three marathons and continually taking up new sports. She is an avid horseback rider and raises and trains horses on their ranch in Star, Idaho.