The Daily Mile
Every child in school takes part in ‘The Daily Mile’ – 15 minutes of self-paced physical activity, including walking, jogging, or running. By getting #FitForLife with The Daily Mile, Stanley Grove is taking the first steps in helping children to lead healthy lifestyles and to be active.
We all know that regular physical activity has a positive impact on our health and wellbeing – it can help us feel refreshed, happier, more productive, and less stressed. ‘The Daily Mile’ is not about elite sport or exercise – it is about simply going outside into the fresh air every day and exercising. It is non-competitive, social, and inclusive – everyone can take part at their own pace, regardless of age, ability, or personal circumstance.
Why we value the Daily Mile
In the past three years we have been measured through the CHAMP initiative. The data we receive from CHAMP analyses our children’s height and weight in comparison to similar schools in Manchester and across the country. Over the past three years, 40% of our children are leaving school either overweight or obese.
We introduced ‘The Daily Mile’ to hopefully reduce this statistic and to establish daily exercise habits and routines for our children. Our extensive research has found that by introducing ‘The Daily Mile’:
• The children return to class more alert and ready to learn.
• It helps to improve children’s fitness and to achieve a healthy weight.
• It encourages children to be more aware of their health.
• It is fully inclusive; every child, whatever their circumstances, age or ability, succeeds at ‘The Daily Mile’.