The Daily Mile ‘significantly improves health’

Source: BBC Scotland

Date: 10-May-2018

An initiative to get schoolchildren to walk or run a mile every day leads to significant improvements in their health, according to a study. The Daily Mile scheme was originally the brainchild of a Scottish head teacher.

University researchers have compared the health of children at a primary school which takes part in the scheme with those at a school which does not. They found it led to improved fitness and body composition. It is the first quantitative research to back up anecdotal evidence about the benefits of The Daily Mile.

The researchers said the findings suggest The Daily Mile is a “worthwhile intervention to introduce in schools and that it should be considered for inclusion in government policy, both at home and abroad.”

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