The Daily Mile – Encouraging schools to create active environments every day
In 2012, head teacher of St Ninian’s Primary School Stirling, UK, Elaine Wyllie noticed a problem. Not only were her students becoming increasingly inactive, they were also disengaged.
Her solution was profoundly simple – every day her students would head outside for 15 minutes and jog around the school, rain, hail or shine. The Daily Mile was born.
The 15 minutes desk-to-desk solution caused minimal disruption to the school day but had lasting effects. Within a month, children became fitter and reported better concentration in class, and better sleep at home.
The Daily Mile is intended to help all children enjoy getting active every day - developing healthy habits for a lifetime. The Daily Mile is now a global movement, with over 6,700 schools across 55 countries.
The Daily Mile is free, fun and fits in the school day easily. It has been proven to reduce obesity and improve body composition – bone density, muscle strength, joints and cardiovascular health.
When the Daily Mile is implemented correctly there is no feeling of being left out. It’s always 100% inclusive and all children take part including those with special and complex needs. It can help to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress with children feeling happier and refreshed.
The Daily Mile is just one way teachers can help to create active environments for children at school. We would love to hear how your school is encouraging children to be physically active each day.