A Mile in their Shoes – Schools Tackle Childhood Obesity

St Ninians school in Stirling, Scotland has been sending out all pupils to walk or run a mile every day for the past three years in an attempt to combat childhood obesity. Statistics have shown that 1 in 10 children aged four or five are obese when they start school, which is a worrying figure.

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While running or even walking a mile a day might seem like an unfair task for such small children, it is a necessary part of staying active and keeping healthy.

Putting it into other terms, a 25 minute walk to school may cover over half a mile, so an hour out of your day is really not that much when it comes to staying fit.

The best part of the scheme is that the teachers also walk alongside the children, helping to encourage them and keep them going. They end up every day coming back into the school with bright faces and red cheeks, alert and eager to learn.

The scheme seems to be working as teachers from dozens of other primary schools have also started to adopt it, including schools in Leeds, Gateshead and even teachers for schools in London.