Schools – Run A Mile Study

 Let us tell you how it’s going…

This element of Move More Eat Well will be delivered by Health Education Service over 2017 in conjunction with the University of Birmingham.

It was a simple idea that started in Scotland.

In 2012 Elaine Wylie, Headteacher in St Ninians primary school in Stirling noticed that her children were unfit and many were overweight. So she took a Year 6 class for a run around the playground – many couldn’t run one lap. So she persisted every day. The children started to enjoy it – so much so, that other classes asked to join in.

So they measured their playground and 5 laps = 1 mile. And so the Daily Mile was started. Now many schools in the UK have started doing it and claiming much success in reducing childhood obesity and improving health.

What Are We Doing?

Move More Eat Well want to test to see whether the daily mile is effective. So we are recruiting 40 primary or junior schools to take part in a trial over 1 year. We will measure a sample class of Year 3 and Year 5 children for weight, emotional health, and attainment.

20 schools will be the control group and carry on exactly as they are now.

20 schools will be the intervention group – carry on as they are now PLUS running every day.

Then after a year we will measure the effects and see if this simple idea is also an effective idea.

The Story So Far…

We have 44 schools involved – mostly in the south of the city and over half the eligible schools in the Longbridge and Northfield wards are involved in the study.

At the moment we are collecting the baseline data – sending in researchers to weigh and measure some of the children and getting those children to do the fitness tests and emotional health and wellbeing assessments. By mid-March 2017 we will have finished the baseline measures and can randomise the schools to either the control or intervention group. Then the fun bit starts. We’ll post an update later in the year to let you know how it goes.

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For more in depth information about the study see here.

For more information or for your primary/junior school to join the study please contact Dr Sandra Passmore