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Knowsley schools participating in The Daily Mile

by Guy Murphy

Knowsley schools participating in The Daily Mile

We all know how important it is to keep active to help to improve our health and wellbeing as well as our general fitness levels and that’s why Knowlsey schools are participating in The Daily Mile.

This is even more important given the challenging year we’ve had, with numerous lockdowns and restrictions that have been in place. For many people, it has had a detrimental impact on people’s health and small steps such as incorporating daily activity into our lives can really have incredible benefits.

The Daily Mile encourages children to be active every day either through a stroll, brisk walk or run. Over time, they can slowly build up their fitness levels and may inspire them to go on do more activities throughout the day.

It’s a simple, quick and free way to improve a child’s physical and mental wellbeing, undertaken during the school day but with the hope that children then continue at weekends with their family and friends.

It’s a social activity where children can run or walk at their own pace for 15 minutes every day and improve their focus when they return to the classroom.

The recommendation is for children and young people from aged 5 to 18 years to do 60 minutes of physical activity per day, so The Daily Mile is a good starter to build upon.

Feedback from parents also indicates that through participating in The Daily Mile, their child’s confidence has improved and they sleep better. Many also become young ambassadors for the whole family’s fitness.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said “It’s really important that our schools encourage fun and engaging activities as part of the school day. We know that being active can boost our energy levels and children are re-energised when they return to the classroom. I’m delighted that our schools support The Daily Mile.”

Cllr Christine Bannon, Cabinet Member for Health, added “Encouraging an active and healthier lifestyle is a key priority for the Council. It’s great to see The Daily Mile incorporated into our children and young people’s daily routine at school and they want to continue with it at home. It’s something that is fun and social and offers a great opportunity to catch up with their friends – what a fantastic way to boost a child’s fitness, energy levels and mental health.”