Health and wellbeing

The Daily Mile is not PE, cross‐country or sport. It is physical, emotional, social and mental Health and Wellbeing.

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The Daily Mile has numerous benefits for children:

1   Within 4 weeks, children who do The Daily Mile become fit.

2   The 15 minute break from lessons is invigorating and leaves children more focused and ready to learn.

3  The time spent outside, in almost all weathers, helps children become better engaged with the outdoors and aware of nature and the seasons.

4   The Daily Mile is non-competitive, fully inclusive, and the children have fun!

5   The Daily Mile is also a social occasion, and improves relationships, giving children the opportunity to talk to their peers and teachers in a way they might not in the classroom.

6   The Daily Mile builds teamwork and leadership skills, with children helping and encouraging their peers.

7   Children bring the benefits home, eating and sleeping better and encouraging their families to get active together.

8   The Daily Mile builds self-esteem and confidence, improving children’s perception of exercise for life, and enabling them to take responsibility for their own health.

9   The Daily Mile is critical to reducing childhood inactivity and obesity. Children are getting fatter, younger, and we need to stop this in its tracks. Early scientific studies show that the level of obesity at St Ninians School is around 45% less than the national average.

 

Find out more:

Young at heart: Why children who exercise become healthier adults

(The Guardian Health & Wellbeing 28.08.17)

New research suggests childhood exercise has a protective effect on health in later years, as well as improving brain power – even in inactive grownups… [Read more]