Emily Carson and Fiona Paterson
Scotland – The first Daily Mile Nation? Evidence and success of the programme to date and Scotland‘s Daily Mile ambition’
Other authors: Colin Moran
Abstract: The Daily Mile is a simple and free initiative for schools and nurseries. Children run or jog at their own pace, for just 15 minutes every day, outside with their friends. There’s no extra workload for teachers, and no need for kit or special equipment – children take part in whatever they’re wearing. More than 11,000 schools are already registered for The Daily Mile in 78 countries. A growing network of researchers around the world are studying The Daily Mile, and this emerging research indicates that The Daily Mile has a positive impact on children’s health and wellbeing. Interestingly, recent research conducted by Imperial College London investigating Daily Mile registration in England indicates that The Daily Mile appears to be a wide-reaching intervention, reaching more disadvantaged primary school populations in urban areas, where physical activity levels are lowest, and obesity prevalence is highest. Assuming the health benefits of The Daily Mile are as research to date suggests, then The Daily Mile has the potential to help tackle health inequalities across society.
The Daily Mile Foundation has developed a strategy in partnership with Scottish Government and in consultation with delivery partners to broaden the delivery of The Daily mile from a schools based setting. Broadening the delivery of The Daily Mile to a range of settings creates the ability to impact across generations and across Scotland. It provides the opportunity for The Daily Mile to become part of positive behaviors in relation to physical activity and how these can be embedded in every day life. The Strategy is based on a model of partnerships and integration with current and existing programmes to ensure it is scalable, sustainable and ultimately has an impact of increasing physical activity and engage with the most vulnerable people in our communities. The impact of COVID-19 has been felt by everyone in Scotland across all walks of life and provided further challenges around physical, mental and social health. The Daily Mile can be part of the solution to improved health and wellbeing through physical activity.