The Daily Mile is a simple and free way to get children out of the classroom for fifteen minutes every day to run or jog, at their own pace, with their classmates, making them fitter, healthier, and more able to concentrate in the classroom.
Children Fit for Life
Get Doncaster Moving has recognised the importance of schools implementing The Daily Mile in order to help tackle inactivity levels in the borough that contribute towards the rates of children that are overweight or obese. Currently Doncaster's rates of overweight or obese children are higher than national average.
Doncaster began promotion of the Daily Mile with Schools in September 2017, since then 30 schools have implemented the programme in a way that suits their school's schedule.
In order to tackle inactivity nationally the Chief Medical Officer stated in the Obesity a Plan for Action, Chapter 2 'As a parent it is also difficult to find the time for sport and physical activity – crucial to maintaining a healthy weight. That is why we want to encourage every primary school to adopt an active mile initiative such as the fantastic Daily Mile. Initiatives like this can improve the physical, social, and mental wellbeing of our children – regardless of age, ability or circumstance'
How to get involved
Is your Daily Mile route ready for the new school year? Is your school taking steps to meet these recommendations?
Why not get the children involved in measuring out how many laps a mile is! They could also help with the risk assessment.
If you need support or guidance feel free to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you you'd rather get started yourself please visit www.thedailymile.co.uk where you can sign up and download useful resources.