The aim of The Daily Mile is to improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of our children - regardless of age, ability or personal circumstances.
It is a profoundly simple but effective concept, which any primary or nursery school can implement completely free of charge and without the need for staff training. Its impact can be transformational - improving not only the children's fitness, but also their concentration levels, mood, behaviour and general wellbeing.
Research has shown that The Daily Mile can even increase attainment in primary school, and parents have reported an increased interest in health and wellbeing from their children after they have started The Daily Mile.
The Daily Mile team want every child to have the opportunity to do a daily mile at primary school, and are now working to build a The Daily Mile community with schools, local councils, sports bodies and other supporters in the UK and beyond!
The Daily Mile works because it is simple and free:
- It takes place over just 15 minutes, with children averaging a mile each day.
- Children run outside in the fresh air - and the weather is a benefit, not a barrier
- There's no set up, tidy up, or equipment required
- Children run in their uniforms so no kit or changing is needed
- It is social, non-competitive fun
- It is fully inclusive; every child, whatever their circumstances, age or ability, succeeds at The Daily Mile
Childhood Obesity Plan: A Plan For Action - Chapter 2:
Today nothing threatens the health and wellbeing of children more than childhood obesity. More than one in three children are overweight or obese by time they leave primary school, and with these numbers only getting worse, it can not be a question on whether we act to address this, but rather how.
In 2016 the UK government published their first installment of their plan to tackle childhood obesity and have recently published a second chapter of this plan. It is hoped that it will improve the health and wellbeing of children and reduce pressures on the health services in years to come.
Below is a statement that is cited within the action plan. It highlights the role that schools and The Daily Mile can have in helping to reduce childhood obesity.
"Schools have a fundamental role to play in helping equip children with the knowledge they need to make healthy choices for themselves, and in creating a healthy environment for children to learn and play.
- Promote a national ambition for every primary school to adopt an active mile initiative, such as The Daily Mile"
Do you want your school to be doing The Daily Mile?
If you would like to sign up your school for The Daily Mile, please go to www.thedailymile.co.uk/school-signup/ . Also take a look at the free resources that are shown below to help you get started!
Already taking part in The Daily Mile?
We would love to hear your story. Let the Healthy Schools and The Daily Mile teams know your story by filling out this form and sending it back to either team.
- The Daily Mile website
- The Daily Mile booklet
- Teachers advice
- Parental evaluations
- Letter to parents
- What children like
- The Daily Mile presentation
- Risk assessment
- A5 Flyer
- Case Studies