The Daily Mile is a fully-inclusive, free and simple initiative that improves the physical and mental health and wellbeing of children. There is no extra workload for teachers and it helps to raise standard test scores.

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What is The Daily Mile?

Simply put, The Daily Mile is 15 minutes wherein children jog or run, at their own pace, during the school day at a time of the teacher’s choosing. We recommend this be during lesson time, so children have their full break / play time. The Daily Mile is not Sports or PE, but rather health and wellbeing through physical activity.

It’s a simple and straightforward initiative that has been acknowledged for reducing childhood obesity and recognized within the UK Government’s 2018 Childhood Obesity Strategy.

The Daily Mile Foundation encourages every school doing The Daily Mile to Sign Up and join our growing global community.

We recommend schools introduce The Daily Mile to children as a run or jog, not as a walk. If implemented as per Core Principles, almost all children will be able to run for most, or all, of the way after about 4 weeks. This level of fitness will be maintained or improved over the coming months and years.

For more information, view the  The Daily Mile Presentation

The Daily Mile and Remote Learning

As we gear up for the 2020-2021 school year, many school districts are offering Remote Learning options delivering a curriculum to students through online learning programs. Students are expected to show up for class on time and complete all assignments. Students are also responsible to meet academic standards and complete 5.5-6.5 hours of work each day. As one Texas superintendent put it, “Online coursework is not a vacation.” In addition, the hours of workload will have students searching for a daily brain break.

Luckily, The Daily Mile can be part of remote learning methods. Download and view The Daily Mile’s Remote Learning Guide. Review the resources provided in the document, decide on which one(s) best fit your district needs, and share with your staff, parents, PTAs/PTOs, and other district leaders.

Be sure to also check out the My Daily Mile Journal of Joy. This free printable journal has great activities for kids to improve self esteem and mental health. Let The Daily Mile be the intervention that keeps us fit and connected while students meet their academic goals!

Why Sign Up to The Daily Mile?

 It’s free

 You’ll be part of Our Community

 It’s easy – 15 minutes of jogging or running, every day

 You will receive free resources from us, including:  a Welcome Pack, Stickers, Certificates, and more

 Your school’s Pin will show on our Global Map

Why do The Daily Mile?

The Daily Mile is a free, effective initiative that any school can implement without the need for staff training. Its impact can be transformational – improving not only the children’s fitness, but also their concentration levels, mood, behavior and general wellbeing.

For more information on the proven benefits of The Daily Mile, please visit our Research page.

To sign up your school for The Daily Mile movement, click the button below.

Sign Up

The Daily Mile is free, safe, and adaptable for social distancing

As more schools begin the process of re-opening, teachers and administrators are faced with many new obstacles in addition to tackling the physical and mental consequences that lockdown has had on children. The Daily Mile is here to support schools in navigating the “new normal” and has created new ideas which teachers can adapt while re-engaging with The Daily Mile at school. See our new resources below for both current and prospective Daily Mile schools on how to implement the program while maintaining social distancing guidelines.

Social Distancing for Current Daily Mile Schools

Social Distancing for Prospective Daily Mile Schools

Helpful Information

To help get The Daily Mile up-and-running at your school, below is a cover letter explaining how you can begin your Daily Mile journey.

Letter For Teachers

Additionally, to assist with your implementation of The Daily Mile, you can download a wide variety of supporting materials free of charge from our Resources page.

There are also a number of Videos on our website which show The Daily Mile in action in a variety of settings, as well as a selection of Case Studies sent in by schools. If you would like your school story to be featured as a Daily Mile case study, please get in touch.

Your school can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. On our social media channels, you’ll always find helpful tips and can share your experience with other teachers and schools.

If you have any questions about starting The Daily Mile at your school or preschool, please see our FAQ’s or Contact Us.

The Daily Mile is part of a massive journey for the school. We are raising aspirations, showing the children they can be better, and do better. The Daily Mile rockets up their learning. We do it every day, all year round

Alison Walker, Headteacher at Moat Primary Academy, Gloucester