Children and Primary School teachers urged to join the Daily Mile initiative

17 March 2016

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.

Cheshire West and Chester Council, NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Active Cheshire are involved in the scheme which is being launched in six pilot schools next week.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Wellbeing said: “Cheshire West and Chester Council is keen to help our children and young people be healthier and we are pleased to be one of the partners delivering the Daily Mile initiative across primary schools. 

“Starting Well is a priority area within our Health and Wellbeing Strategy and this exciting initiative will help deliver the outcomes within the strategy by tackling childhood obesity and improving health and wellbeing through physical activity.

“In addition the Daily Mile initiative addresses the 5 Ways to Wellbeing of Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Give and Keep Learning." The project is funded through the Starting Well element of The West Cheshire Way which is centred on self-care and empowering people of all ages to take more control of their own health and wellbeing.

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.

“The West Cheshire Way is centred around promoting self-care and empowering people of all ages to take the right steps to take more control of their own health and wellbeing. Engaging the children of West Cheshire in the Daily Mile will have a hugely positive impact on their own health and wellbeing for many years to come.”

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.”

Initially six schools have been selected for the pilot and will launch next week. There will be photo opportunities at each of these events.  
  • Upton Heath C of E Primary School in Upton, Chester - launches Monday 21 March 2016 at10am
  • Shocklach Oviatt C.E. Primary School in Shocklach, - launches Tuesday 22 March at11am
  • Clutton C of E Primary School in Clutton – launches Tuesday 22 March at1.15pm
  • Horns Mill Primary School in Helsby – launches Wednesday 23 March at 10am
  • Rossmore Primary School, Little Sutton Ellesmere Port – launches Thursday 24 March at10am
  • Brookside Primary School in Ellesmere Port.  – launches Thursday 24 March at 1.30pm
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.  

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