What is the Daily Mile?
Simply put, The Daily Mile is 15 minutes when children jog or run, at their own pace, during the school day at a time of the teacher's choosing. The Daily Mile is not Sport or PE, but rather health and wellbeing through physical activity.
It's a simple and straightforward initiative that has been acknowledged for reducing childhood obesity and recognised within the UK Government's 2018 Childhood Obesity Strategy. The Daily Mile Foundation encourages every school doing The Daily Mile to sign up and join their growing global community.
It is recommended that schools introduce The Daily Mile to children as a run or jog, not as a walk. If implemented as per core principles, almost all children will be able to run for most, or all of, the way after around 4 weeks. This level of fitness will be maintained or improved over the coming months and years.
Benefits of Participation
The Daily Mile is a free, effective initiative that any school can implement 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. Click here for more information on the proven benefits of The Daily Mile.
Click the link above to find out more about The Daily Mile and access a variety of resources to support your school to get the programme up and running.
The Golden Mile
The Golden Mile is a safe, simple and measurable way to improve health and physical activity. Every pupil can get involved by walking, jogging or running around their track within the safety of the school grounds.
This activity is accessible to all age groups regardless of ability and focuses on personal achievement, pupil leadership and intra-school support.
Initiatives like this are supported by advice from the Department of Health, which says that children should engage in regular daily physical activity habits across the week, every week of the year.