Browse testimonials below from real teachers and health & wellness professionals! Learn why they have joined the movement to keep children active, healthy, and engaged!
Maggie - Teacher & Wellness Coach, Texas
Jake - Teacher, North Carolina
“This year was a great success in class! We had the whole class and parents on board. At the start of the year I was frustrated at the schedule for the day … 6-year-old children having to go straight from lunch to an hour and a half of math before recess. So I introduced The Daily Mile, which I had done in my school in England. There was a noted improvement in focus, attention and happiness towards math from all the kids. They loved it, it improved their mental wellbeing, happiness and fitness!”
Tania - Teacher, Washington
Sherri - Principal, Texas
“The Daily Mile has provided an opportunity for students to socialize outside of the classroom. Due to COVID-19, the classroom is very structured to provide as much social distancing as possible. The Daily Mile moves students outside where it is safer to be together. Students look forward to getting out and walking and running with their friends and their teacher. It also benefits students who need to move. Students are not free to walk around the classroom as they were in the past. The Daily Mile provides much needed movement for these students. Our students look forward to participating in The Daily Mile each day.”
– Sherri Blackburn, Principal, San Leon Elementary School
Andrew - PE Specialist, Texas
“While The Daily Mile is done by classroom teachers, I see a big improvement in the kids’ fitness when they come to my PE class. That extra 15 minutes a day of jogging or running really makes a difference. It makes me happy when the students come up to me in the hallway and say ‘Coach, I ran my Daily Mile for the whole 15 minutes today for the first time!’ I am very grateful to The Daily Mile for bringing my students so much joy.”
– Andrew Benbrook, Nelson Elementary PE Specialist
Dr. Campos - Texas Children's Hospital
“Running is unique in that we can each pursue a personal best, yet be completely supportive of our friends pursuing their own goals at the same time.
I love running because of the cooperation. Running is a small world, where everything is pretty awesome. Yes, during a race there can be competition. But after the race, a laugh, a cool down jog, and a relaxing drink are wonderful. All are internal reasons why I love running, but the external reasons are more important and meaningful to me now.
Running connect us to our community and to nature. For young people, it offers purpose and structure. Its adventure, it’s speed, it’s simplicity at it’s finest. Running rewards you with self awareness of your limitations and strive you to do better.”
-Dr. Carlos Campos M.D, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics
Pediatric Cardiovascular Staff Texas Children’s Hospital
Lynn - Physical Therapist
“As a Physical Therapist for 39 years, I prescribe movement for health and well-being. We have scientific evidence that movement increases mental function by increasing oxygenation to the entire body, including the brain. Exercise and movement increases productivity in every work place. It used to be routine, that children participated in P.E. (physical education) as part of a regular school day curriculum. Somehow, that has decreased throughout the United States… and now we have more and more challenges with childhood obesity, depression, suicide, and behavioral classroom challenges.
What if … participating in walking, jogging or running a Daily Mile could and will reverse these crises among our youth? Wouldn’t that be a simple solution? I am ‘all in’ on this one. Let’s get our youth moving!”
– Lynn Schorn, Physical Therapist, Washington State
Joyce - Retired Teacher, South Carolina
“I’m a retired teacher from the Pittsburgh area. I’m currently enjoying the milder winters in my new home state of South Carolina. When I was younger, I was a Scottish Highland Dancer and a college volleyball player. So I understand the value of exercise. I still walk 2 miles a day to keep fit. It’s easy, requires no expensive equipment, and it’s good for my physical and mental health. The Daily Mile is also easy, and a great way to get kids exercising every day. Although my son is grown, I’m a Daily Mile Champion.”