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The Daily Mile: is this initiative fit to get children moving?

A 12-week school trial of a 15-minute jog shows positive outcomes but concerns over practical implementation  
School children running in a park. Picture: Alamy

A 12-week school trial of a 15-minute jog shows positive outcomes but concerns over practical implementation

With physical inactivity a major public health concern and over 75% of children in the UK failing to achieve recommended activity levels, this study examined if the The Daily Mile – which aims to get every child out of the classroom for a 15-minute jog – is the answer.

To assess factors instrumental to replication and/or wider implementation, 75 children (mean age seven years) in one school trialled the intervention over 12 weeks and data were collected in self-report logs, perceived exertion scores and structured observation.

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