Essex Uni finds children are getting weaker

Source: Heart

Date: 26-September-2018

Children are weaker than ever before because they’re doing less exercise, according to a study by the University of Essex. Researchers found that 10 year olds aren’t as strong, even though they’re taller and heavier than in the 1990’s.

Dr Gavin Sandercock, who led the study, explained: „The findings speak for themselves. Year-on-year we keep finding lower and lower fitness levels suggesting children are doing less and less exercise. Inactive lifestyles are a health risk but physical fitness is the single best measure of health in childhood, adolescence and on into adulthood. Poor fitness and inactivity lead to multiple health problems in their adult life.“

Dr Sandercock added that there needed to be a move away from BMI being used in isolation to monitor health. A large study is underway which is using BMI to evaluate the effectiveness of The Daily Mile initiative. BMI is being used, despite the mass of research showing BMI does not change when you increase activity levels.

In contrast with BMI, fitness changes in response to increased activity levels. Fitness is a better measure of physical health than BMI; fitness also correlates more strongly with wellbeing and attainment.

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The Daily Mile getting kids moving

Source: Sport for Business

Date: 26-September-2018

The Daily Mile was formally launched in Dublin yesterday with Minister of State for Sport Brendan Griffin donning his tracksuit and getting active himself.

Yesterday’s launch was part of the celebrations around European Week of Sport, and was hosted by Athletics Ireland in association with Dublin City Sport and Well-being Partnership.

Athletics Ireland has been appointed as the hub for the promotion and development of The Daily Mile in Ireland in collaboration with Local Authorities and Sports Partnerships.

“We are delighted to be leading this wonderful Primary Schools initiative that can make a great impact on the fitness, health, and general wellbeing of school children all over Ireland,” said Athletics Ireland President, Georgina Drumm.

“Athletics Ireland is fully committed to encouraging all Primary Schools to embrace The Daily Mile,” added Minister Griffin.

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Toto takes part in The Daily Mile on National Fitness Day

Source: Ipswich Town FC

Date: 26-September-2018

Town defender, Toto Nsiala, spent his afternoon visiting pupils at St. Margaret’s Primary who were taking part in The Daily Mile on National Fitness Day.

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Cedric Kipre and Chey Dunkley back The Daily Mile campaign


Source: Wigan Athletic Football Club

Date: 27-September-2018

The Daily Mile – a social physical activity that sees primary school children run or jog for 15 minutes a day at their own pace – has been backed by Wigan Athletic’s central defensive duo of Cedric Kipre and Chey Dunkley.

The pair, who have started every single league game for Paul Cook’s side so far this term, recently visited Woodfield Primary School to take part in The Daily Mile with pupils in Year 4, as well as enjoying a Premier League Primary Stars session, where children improved their football skills.

Aiming to better the physical, social, emotional and mental health of children across the United Kingdom, regardless of age, ability or personal circumstances, The Daily Mile improves youngsters’ health and wellbeing, with Wigan Athletic Community Trust supporting more than 10 schools to deliver the initiative.

Latics Owner and Life President Dave Whelan officially opened Woodfield’s Daily Mile running track in June 2016, which was created courtesy of a grant he provided the school.

Chey said, “The Daily Mile is an absolutely brilliant scheme. There’s nothing better than keeping active, so to instil those values into children at such a young age will only benefit them as they go through life. It was a real pleasure to visit the school to see just how successful the initiative has been for the pupils.

Chey Dunkley running his Daily Mile with the children

Pioneered across the borough by Wigan Council and Inspiring healthy lifestyles, Latics’ academy players also showed their support for the scheme last season by visiting the school in December.

Anna Prior, Head Teacher at Woodfield Primary School, said, “The Daily Mile is an absolute integral part of Woodfield life and to have Cedric and Chey join us was so special. They were brilliant with the pupils who were just totally inspired and motivated by their visit.

She added, “Primary school is all about giving children experiences they can hold with them for the rest of their lives and this visit has definitely been one of those moments. They’ll never forget the day when they played football with two famous players from Wigan Athletic.

Cedric and Chey with the pupils of Woodfield Primary School, Wigan


For more information about Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Premier League Primary Stars project, please email Gareth Nolan


Phone: 01942 318090.


The Daily Mile advertisement (3) supported by ITV and INEOS

The Daily Mile Foundation is thrilled to announce our campaign is back on-air with ITV!

You may notice a slight difference to the advertisement – we’re committed to getting children #FitForLife, so we’ll be sending a FREE Welcome Pack to each school that Signs Up within the United Kingdom! For more information, visit Our Community page.

Andy Murray – Behind the scenes

We had such a blast filming with Andy Murray, and were incredibly delighted by his support of The Daily Mile campaign. We wanted to share with you all a little treat, showing the fun we had behind-the-scenes.

The Daily Mile supported by Pearl & Dean

The Daily Mile Foundation would like to say a special thank you to Pearl & Dean – It’s great to see our ad on the big screen, across the UK!

The Daily Mile meets Andy Murray

We are delighted to announce that one of Britain’s greatest ever sporting heroes, Sir Andy Murray, is supporting The ! We’re over-joyed to have him championing our campaign, and he has some great advice on how to get

Press Release: Andy Murray backs The Daily Mile Campaign


  • Following its inclusion in the Government’s strategy to halve childhood obesity by 2030, support for The Daily Mile continues to grow as tennis ace Andy Murray backs the initiative in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Murray is supporting projects which aim to encourage more people to start a regular habit that leads to a more active lifestyle as part of NHS70 Celebrations.
  • In his first engagement as Ambassador for the NHS, Murray stars in four new films to inspire schools to sign-up to the simple initiative that aims to make children fit for life.
  • Founder of The Daily Mile, Elaine Wyllie, said: “It is wonderful that Andy Murray has supported The Daily Mile Foundation through his work as an NHS ambassador. To have Andy on board highlights the positive impact The Daily Mile is having across the UK.”
  • The Daily Mile is now in over 5,000 schools in 44 countries with over 1,000,000 children taking part and is growing daily.

Following high profile support from the Prime Minister, the Scottish Government and cross-party MPs, Andy Murray is the latest public figure to support the popular children’s fitness initiative, The Daily Mile. Today, The Daily Mile has released the first of four exclusive films of Murray’s visit to a school to celebrate his support of the initiative. Murray shows how schools can help pupils become fitter, healthier and combat childhood obesity by joining The Daily Mile and encourages schools everywhere to sign-up.

Murray will use his public profile across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to inspire more schools to sign up to the simple yet effective initiative, which is now in over 5,000 schools across 44 countries and has been included as a key measure in the Government’s strategy to halve childhood obesity by 2030.

The Daily Mile started life in St Ninian’s Primary School in Stirling in 2012 – close to Andy Murray’s hometown Dunblane – by former headteacher Elaine Wyllie and has become a leading initiative for improving children’s health and wellbeing in the UK. The aim of The Daily Mile is to improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of  children – regardless of age, ability, or personal circumstances.

In May, research findings from the Universities of Stirling and Edinburgh urged policymakers to consider introducing The Daily Mile to improve the health and fitness of schoolchildren around the world. It confirmed that the initiative boosts activity levels in class and improves fitness and body composition.

Murray said:

The Daily Mile is a great initiative because it’s a really simple step which can have a direct impact on children’s physical and mental well-being. I participated in The Daily Mile with a group of school children and even in that short time, I could see the positive benefits it was having in so many ways – social aspects, the chance for everyone to participate and a bit of fresh air during the day. I hope more schools sign up as I really believe it can make a difference.

Elaine Wyllie, Founder of The Daily Mile, said:

It is wonderful that Andy Murray has chosen to support The Daily Mile Foundation. To have Andy on board highlights the positive impact The Daily Mile is having across the UK.  He is a fantastic sporting role model for the children of Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales. We are confident that this will inspire more schools across the UK to sign-up to The Daily Mile and experience the transformational health and well-being benefits that The Daily Mile provides.

Gregor Smith, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Scotland said:

We are very clear that we want Scotland to be the world’s first Daily Mile nation and for physical activity to be a normal part of our children’s lifestyles. Over the past few years we have made real progress in increasing the number of children being physically active. This is driven in part by the increasing popularity of recreational activity, and the Daily Mile is an important part of that. We know that one of the best things you can do for your physical and mental health is to be active, and the beauty of the Daily Mile is that a 15-minute run, jog or walk each day is simple, free and fun to do.

 Frank Atherton, Chief Medical Officer for Wales, said:

I’m delighted that Andy Murray has joined The Daily Mile as an ambassador where, as an international sporting star and role model, he will inspire children to improve their health and well-being. It’s an easy and fun way for primary-aged children to run,  or jog for 15 minutes each day in school. The Daily Mile needs no equipment and is an inclusive, simple and free way for children to get their recommended amount of physical activity each day.

Dr Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, said:

It is crucial that we introduce good lifestyle choices, like participating in active play, physical recreation and sport, to our children at an early stage in their development as these will contribute to long term health benefits into adulthood, and in many ways improve their quality of life.

The school setting provides the perfect environment for an initiative like The Daily Mile as all pupils can participate in some way with their classmates and friends. Having an Ambassador like Andy Murray will inspire both children and their friends and families to get involved and I would encourage everyone to join in and take part in this nationwide activity.

His support of this initiative, and the interest it will generate, I hope, will extend far beyond The Daily Mile and do much to nurture healthy lifestyle habits and encourage others to try some physical activity which we know can also help improve or create more positive self-esteem. Perhaps most importantly however I have no doubt that taking part in The Daily Mile will also be a lot of fun.


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Running and Singing to Improve Maths and English

Source: BBC World Service, Radio

Reporters: Shabnam Grewal and Dougal Shaw

Tune in from 01.18 – 10.29 to hear about The Daily Mile

„This week we go back to school, with two simple ideas that involve changing the day-to-day lives of pupils to improve their physical and mental wellbeing. The Daily Mile is an idea developed in a Scottish school by an enterprising teacher, which is now being adopted worldwide. It gets pupils to run a mile at a surprise moment during the school day, to break up their learning and burn some calories.“

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Lonach Highland Gathering

We were very lucky to be invited to take part in the Lonach Highland Gathering 2018! The Daily Mile was the first ever non-competitive event at the games, and it was a great success! It was a fantastic day, and hopefully our video gives you an insight in to the fun we all had. Thanks to Active Aberdeenshire and everyone at the Lonach Highland Gathering!

Corrie stars take part in The Daily Mile


Date: 14-September-2018

Corrie stars, including Faye Brookes, and even some of the Granada Reports‘ team took part in The Daily Mile at Salford’s MediaCityUK and Salford Quays, yesterday.

The Daily Mile is a social physical activity, with children running or jogging – at their own pace – in the fresh air with friends. Children can occasionally walk to catch their breath, if necessary, but should aim to run or jog for the full 15 minutes.

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