Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership, HSE Health Promotion DML and the Blackrock Education Centre are currently inviting primary schools in the County to take part in a free and simple initiative to improve the health and wellbeing in their schools.
The Daily MileTM is an initiative which was started by Elaine Wyllie, Headteacher of a Large Scottish Primary School, in 2012 to address the obesity crisis.
Elaine started this initiative when she noticed that many children in her class room were very unfit. She started by asking the children to run around the school pitch. By halfway most were exhausted, however once they did it daily the children’s fitness levels improved and they increased it to the daily mile. Since then it has been introduced into over 1,000 schools in the UK.
It is very simple and easy to start in a school where everyone goes out each day to run, jog or walk for 15 minutes. It is not competitive but rather a physical activity which is aimed at improving the children's physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing. Most children average a mile, with some doing more and some doing less benefiting both students and staff.
Implementing The Daily Mile challenge will link to other school initiatives such as Active Flag or the Health Promoting Schools, and will support the school in creating a healthy environment.
We are asking interested schools to complete and return a quick form and these schools will then commence their programmes the second week of January to coincide with the New Year and initiatives around Operation Transformation.