What is The Daily Mile and how did it begin?
The aim of The Daily Mile is simple - to improve children’s health and wellbeing by walking, jogging or running with their friends, outside in the fresh air, for 15 minutes each day in school. Elaine Wyllie, the head teacher from St Ninian’s School in Stirling founded The Daily Mile to improve the physical, mental and social health and wellbeing of children in her school. Teachers take their classes out at a time of their choosing and it only takes 15 minutes. It’s simple – the pupils don’t get changed, it gets them out of their seats and gives them an opportunity to go outside and socialise within their school community.
Dr Seymour, Clinical Chair at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:
“The Daily Mile is a great initiative, and I wholeheartedly encourage schools to participate. Running or walking a mile each day not only offers physical and mental health benefits, but is also great fun for both children and teachers. Children’s lifestyles have become increasingly sedentary in recent years, and this takes its toll on their physical and mental wellbeing. The Daily Mile is a simple, accessible and enjoyable initiative which provides massive public health benefits and protects the future health of the county’s young people. We are pleased to be working with health partners to introduce this initiative across Gloucestershire.”
To encourage more schools to get involved in The Daily Mile, Active Gloucestershire launched “Old Spot’s European Trot” to schools in Gloucestershire during the summer term. The students from the Shrubberies joined in.
IN THE SUMMER TERM THE STUDENTS OF THE SHRUBBERIES WALKED 5329 MILES!