Teachers & Schools
The Daily Mile is a free, fully-inclusive, and simple initiative that improves the physical and mental health and wellbeing of children. There is no extra work, training, or equipment for teachers. The Daily Mile improves classroom focus and helps build relationships.Read on below
What is The Daily Mile?
The Daily Mile is a 15-minute “brain break” where elementary school children walk, jog or run (at their own pace) outside during the school day. The Daily Mile is in addition to PE or recess. It improves the physical, mental, emotional, and social health and wellbeing of children. Its impact can be transformational – improving not only the children’s fitness, but also their concentration levels, mood, and behavior. For more information on the proven benefits of The Daily Mile, please visit our Research page.
Who can do The Daily Mile?
Any school can implement without the need for staff training, special equipment, or lesson plans. Teachers decide on the best time of day to do The Daily Mile for their own class. It’s 15 minutes seat-to-seat where teachers take the class outside, allow students to run, walk, or jog, and bring them back to class. Current teachers report that students return to class after The Daily Mile more focused and ready to learn.
If implemented as per Core Principles, almost all children will be able to run for most, or all, of the way after about four weeks. This level of fitness will be maintained or improved over the coming months and years. This simple and straightforward initiative has been acknowledged for reducing childhood obesity.
For more information, view the The Daily Mile Presentation
The Daily Mile Features:
It’s simple and easy – no training, prep work, or equipment required
It’s all-inclusive – students can walk, run, jog or even roll at their own pace
It’s fast – just 15 minutes of the school day
The Daily Mile Community is worldwide – see our Global Map
The Daily Mile Benefits:
Currently, over two million children worldwide are benefiting from The Daily Mile. Our goal is to see The Daily Mile in every elementary school in America so all our nation’s young children stay active and healthy! Here’s why your school should sign up today …
Your students will improve their physical and mental health, emotional, and social health and wellbeing.
Your school can experience the all the benefits of The Daily Mile without spending any money.
Teachers can teach with less class interruption as students return from The Daily Mile more focused and eager to learn.
School morale will increase as The Daily Mile allows teachers to connect with students outside the rigors of class, and helps build healthy relationships.
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!
The Daily Mile is 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.
How do I sign up my school?
To sign up your school for The Daily Mile movement, click the button below.
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.
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.
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 roundAlison Walker, Headteacher at Moat Primary Academy, Gloucester