Caroline's Daily Mile challenge

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage is supporting children's health and fitness initiative, The Daily Mile, by taking part in 15 minutes of exercise with primary school children from Grange Infant School tomorrow morning.

Members of Parliament across the UK are taking part in the MP Daily Mile Initiative which takes place from today until Friday to encourage more schools to sign up to the growing children's health and well-being movement.

The Daily Mile is a free, simple yet profoundly effective movement aimed at helping children get fit for learning and fit for life. Founded in 2012 in Stirling, Scotland by Elaine Wyllie, The Daily Mile simply involves 15 minutes of running or jogging, with walking kept to a minimum, outside around the school playground or perimeter every day.

Since its inception, The Daily Mile has spread to over 6,400 schools worldwide with over 1.3 million children taking part and is now in workplaces, hospitals and other healthcare settings too. The Daily Mile focuses on inclusivity and is beneficial to all children and adults regardless of age, ability or personal circumstances.

Commenting before the visit Caroline said:

"A number of schools in the Gosport Constituency take part in the Daily Mile and it will be great to join in with the students at Grange Infant School. The impacts of taking part in the Daily Mile can be transformational for children – after just four weeks, The Daily Mile sees noticeable improvements in children's concentration, behaviour, attainment, moods and of course fitness levels."

Elaine Wyllie, Founder of The Daily Mile says:

"We are delighted that Caroline has chosen to support The Daily Mile. We would like all MPs, everywhere, to take part in a Daily Mile at their local primary school, so they can see for themselves the benefits that such a simple fitness initiative can have on children's health, well-being and concentration in class. Since I started this initiative just six years ago, we have seen grassroots support for The Daily Mile grow from day to day. Children get it, parents get it, and the teachers get it. This is a campaign that the British people are already getting behind up and down the country."