The Daily Mile
Many Wiltshire schools are now implementing the Daily Mile in various forms.
Your school can sign up on the Daily Mile website to show how many schools in Wiltshire are taking part: https://thedailymile.co.uk/school-signup/
The Daily Mile is one way in which schools can increase the amount of regular physical activity undertaken by children.
It is free to implement and fun for children.
Children usually run outside for around 15 minutes, with most children running a mile a day.
Research published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) concluded that
"The findings show that in primary school children, the Daily Mile intervention is effective at increasing levels of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity (MVPA), reducing sedentary time, increasing physical fitness and improving body composition. These findings have relevance for teachers, policymakers, public health practitioners, and health researchers."
Many Wiltshire schools are now taking part in the Daily Mile with others planning to join in the near future. Some schools are measuring the impact of this activity, which can be used to achieve Wiltshire Healthy Schools status.
Wiltshire case studies
Some schools have been concerned that they may need planning permission for an all weather daily mile track. However if schools provide a track like this one, then no planning permission is required: http://edspaceltd.com/the-daily-mile/
Website with free resources to help schools implement the Daily Mile. http://thedailymile.co.uk/