Brent's Daily Mile
Children in Brent have worse than average levels of childhood obesity. Around 10.5 per cent of children aged four to five years and 24.1 per cent of children aged ten to eleven years are obese.
Childhood obesity is associated with significant health problems. As well as increasing mortality, obesity is a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease.
To help fight the problem locally, Brent Council in partnership with London Sport and as part of ‘The My Heart Beats for Brent’ campaign are introducing an initiative called The Daily Mile. Founded by former head teacher Elaine Wyllie who was concerned by her pupil’s obvious lack of fitness.
The Daily Mile is very simple to start in a school. Without wasting time to change into kit, every child in a school or nursery, goes out each day in the fresh air to run, jog or walk for 15 minutes. It is not competitive and most children average a mile, with some doing more and some doing less. It is not PE, sport or cross-country but a physical activity which is aimed at improving the children's physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing. It can help children to focus and concentrate in the classroom and raise their attainment.
The Daily Mile has since been adopted by well over 1000 schools in the UK – proving to be very popular with children, parents and teachers.
We are really excited about this new initiative and we are looking forward to the benefits it will bring to Brent’s school children. You can find out more about by visiting www.thedailymile.co.uk.
Get started today and download Brent’s Daily Mile toolkit
- Poster (A3)
- Individual progress chart (A5)
- Class progress chart (A3)
- Letter to parents