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A new "Daily Mile programme" which aims to increase fitness levels among school children has reached a number of local schools throughout the district.

Developed by a Head Teacher in Stirling in response to concerns over poor fitness levels and obesity in children, the Daily Mile programme involves pupils participating in a 15 minute walk or run every school day. 

Cloughoge PS, Newry. Photograph: www.LiamMcArdle.com
Cloughoge PS, Newry. Photograph: www.LiamMcArdle.com

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust in partnership with the Public Health Agency and local councils is promoting the Daily Mile and encouraging more schools to get involved.

Clare Drummy, Physical Activity Co-ordinator for the Southern Trust says “Schools already taking part in the Daily Mile are reporting huge benefits for pupils and staff. As well as increasing activity levels and helping to combat obesity,  the break outside and a bit of fresh air during the school day is also helping to improve children’s concentration during lessons. It is such a simple and low cost programme that we would really encourage more schools to introduce the scheme.”

St Malachy's PS, Camlough. Photograph: www.LiamMcArdle.com
St Malachy's PS, Camlough. Photograph: www.LiamMcArdle.com

Principal of St Brigid’s Drumilly, Primary School, Mr Jeff Crimmins said: “The children are calmer and more relaxed when they come in from their Daily Mile. Without a doubt, children have benefitted tremendously from a physical fitness perspective”.

Cortamlet PS, Altnamacken. Photograph: www.LiamMcArdle.com
Cortamlet PS, Altnamacken. Photograph: www.LiamMcArdle.com

Teacher, Colette Hicks from Cloughoge Primary School commented: “After the Daily Mile children are more settled in their work, concentration levels have improved, fitness levels have also improved. Children are really enjoying the initiative and the teachers and other members of staff are taking part also”.

Gaelscoileanna na mBeann, Kilkeel. Photograph: www.LiamMcArdle.com
Gaelscoileanna na mBeann, Kilkeel. Photograph: www.LiamMcArdle.com

Teacher, Micheal Brady from Gaelscoil na mBeann, Kilkeel said “Increased fitness across the board, leading to benefits in other physical activities. Some kids showing interest in running outside school as a result”.

For support and advice on running the Daily Mile in schools Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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