Founder of The Daily Mile, Elaine Wyllie, has seen her idea adopted by more than 3500 schools in 31 countries. And, she hopes, scientific research coming out soon will underline the fitness benefits for children and prompt more schools to start a mile of their own. The Sunday Post reports
Elaine, who started it in all with just 15 minutes per day of running or walking in a Stirlingshire school playground, has already seen it transform UK children’s health.
And she’s anticipating that the final conclusion of research by the universities of Edinburgh and Stirling will provide concrete evidence that the exercise helps tackle the obesity epidemic.
“I hope and believe this major new report will give us the scientific proof that The Daily Mile does what it says on the tin,” said Elaine, 62, former head of St Ninian’s Primary.
Even before the complete scientific paper, the expansion of The Daily Mile has been quite remarkable since it began in 2012. It has now been adopted in almost 2,500 schools in the UK who have officially registered.
“Schools can just open their doors and take the children out without ever signing up,” she said. “In Ealing, we had four schools registered, but when we spoke to the borough, 35 were actually doing it – so, many more schools are involved.”
Elaine had a meeting with Professor Stephen Powis, new medical director for NHS England, as part of discussions aimed at getting England to follow the Scottish, Welsh and Irish governments in recommending schools do The Daily Mile.
Meanwhile, the profile of The Daily Mile in the UK has rocketed this month, thanks to the backing of ITV. They are producing and screening three adverts highlighting how to get involved.
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