Primary Schools across Cheshire West are being urged to join the Daily Mile initiative in which children from nursery to Year Six and their teachers are encouraged to run or walk a mile each day.
Active Cheshire, NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Cheshire West and Chester Council are involved in the scheme which was launched in six pilot schools last week.
Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Wellbeing said: “Cheshire West and Chester Council are keen to help young people be healthier and we are pleased to be involved in delivering the Daily Mile initiative across primary schools.
“The Daily Mile initiative addresses the 5 Ways to Wellbeing; Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Give and Keep Learning.
”We take inclusive leisure and culture in West Cheshire very seriously because it helps create a great place to live and visit.”
The Daily Mile first began at a school in Scotland and equates to an extra 15 minutes of physical activity each day to run or walk a mile. The children go out in almost all weathers at a time of the teacher’s choosing.
Alison Lee, the Chief Executive Officer of NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group is proud to be involved in the introduction of the Daily Mile in primary schools across West Cheshire.
“Improving the health and wellbeing of our children and young people and promoting a healthy lifestyle is a cornerstone of the West Cheshire Way’s Starting Well programme.
Duncan Setterington - Strategic Lead for Education at Active Cheshire said: “As the Lead Body for Physical Activity and Sport in Cheshire and Warrington, Active Cheshire are delighted to be working with our partners in Health to bring this outstanding initiative to local Schools and Children.
“We are really excited about the huge impact this simple and effective programme is having on young people, improving their health and wellbeing for the rest of their lives.
“This partnership is unique in its approach to working alongside schools to support the development of an active culture and environment in education settings to improve a range of outcomes for children. The Daily Mile is perfectly aligned to our organisational mission of getting 50,000 More People, More Active, More Often.”
The remaining primary schools within West Cheshire will be given the opportunity to take part in the Daily Mile during the three years of the project.