The Daily Mile
23 March 2017 (by admin)
We believe that schools across the country will benefit from implementing The Daily Mile.
You will probably be aware of recent concerns around physical inactivity and childhood obesity. As they go through Primary School, many children put on weight and, across the UK, around 35% of pupils in their final year of Primary are categorised as overweight or obese. Experts have described this as an epidemic and a crisis that must be tackled before it is too late. The World Health Organisation regards childhood obesity as one of the most serious global public health challenges for the 21st Century. So far, no approach in the western world has made any difference, with millions of pounds spent on schemes which have no lasting impact – and the situation continues to worsen. The Daily Mile is a very simple to start in a school. Without wasting time to change into kit, every child in a school or nursery goes out each day in the fresh air to run, jog or walk for 15 minutes. It is not competitive: most children will average a mile in that time, with some doing more and some doing less. It is not PE, sport or cross-country but a physical activity which is aimed at improving the children’s physical, social, emotional and mental health and well-being. It can help children to focus and concentrate in the classroom and raise their attainment. As a school we are really excited about this new initiative and we are looking forward to the benefits it will bring to your child/children. To find out more about how it all works please visit: www.thedailymile.co.uk.