Title : Fit Bodies. Fit Minds. Fit Kids
London, UK. Running a mile a day can help children do better in reading, writing, (running) and maths
In January this year, a study by Fitmedia showed that children who ran a mile a day at school achieved up to 25% higher than expected in reading, writing and maths. They were also fitter, more confident and behaved better in class.
The Daily Mile ethos is taking off in a big way as one school in North London have already started to see the benefits of this daily mile. They are in full training for the YMCA One Mile Children’s Fun Run on Sunday 21st May 2017. The runners, dubbed the ‘Mighty Milers’, jog, walk or run for 15 minutes before lessons start every school day, with the aim of completing the YMCA’s One Mile race as their goal. The YMCA North London’s annual Adult 10k and Children’s fun runs has evolved over the last 26 years in to one of the largest community events in North London, and continues to grow in popularity and attendance every year (http://www.ymcanorthlondon.org.uk/ymca-north-london-fun-run-festival/).
Children have been taking part in the YMCA annual run for a long time, and Fitmedia have recently tested a school who were doing a ‘Daily Mile’ to see the benefit of taking part in daily sporting activities in the form of running, walking or jogging a mile a day through a variety of exercise tests. Fitmedia released the findings of their scientific study and showed that before the daily mile, over half the kids they tested were ‘unfit’ but after 15-weeks of the daily mile less than one fifth were still unfit. Additionally, the school reported that the daily mile made their students more focused, attentive and ready to work – hence this remarkable increase in attainment in school tests. This study by Fitmedia shows the benefits of being physically active go far beyond just improving fitness.
Fitter kids are smarter kids we can prove it… says Fitmedia Director Sheila Forster
Dr Gavin Sandercock and Dr Daniel Cohen’s work in children’s fitness testing has been cited by Sir Liam Donaldson, then the Government’s Chief Medical Officer, in relation to fitness testing in schools.
Some examples of articles relating to the work of Dr Cohen and Dr Sandercock are below:
Both Dr Sandercock and Dr Cohen have appeared on national television and radio, including Radio 4, BBC News 24 and Radio 5 Live and have spoken at national conferences.