runA number of borough primary schools are taking part in the Daily Mile initiative, to help improve health and fitness in school children.

The Daily Mile is a tried and tested Scottish Programme in which every school child walks or runs a mile a day. It has been shown to dramatically improve both healthy weight and also pupils’ concentration in their classes.

The Daily Mile is one of a range of projects that Public Health in the Council commissions for child health. Other council commissioned public health services include the integrated 0-19 children’s contract.

Councillor Colin Stears, Chair of Adult Social Services & Health Committee:

“Daily physical activity has a broad range of health and educational benefits including a healthy weight, improved emotional well being, concentration, and behaviour. The Daily Mile is a great initiative that we fully support and we would ask all primary schools to get involved.”

Sam Birch, PE Coordinator and Year 3 Teacher at Dorchester School said:

‘Children seem a lot more attentive after they have had a run. If they miss a day, you certainly notice the difference. I know of at least one pupil who has started running at the weekends with her mum.”

So far 25 out of our 44 borough primary schools have signed up to the Daily Mile. If you would like more information go to the website for more information.