Daily Mile Scheme Being Implemented In The Rest Of The UK

Jade du Preez

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A STIRLING Primary School Head Teacher who pioneered a Daily Mile initiative, is now in high demand.

Elaine Wyllie, now retired from teaching, started the scheme at St. Ninian’s Primary School, which involved the pupils taking 15 minutes out of class to walk or run a mile.

The school has a circuit that was specially built in the playground for the scheme, and pupils go out and do the mile no matter the weather conditions.

There are 57 pupils in the Primary One class at St. Ninian’s, and none of them are overweight.

Even celebrities like Harry Judd, a member of pop band McFly, joined in a Daily Mile last December.

The initiative aims to improve the health of pupils, and has been widely accepted.

Now more than 500 schools in Scotland and about 200 in the rest of the UK are taking part too, and there have been calls for even more schools in England to join in.

Hallfield Primary School in Central London is one of the schools in England to take on the Daily Mile challenge.

The NHS states that regular walking can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, asthma, and other chronic illnesses.



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