Stockport schools lead the way in getting the borough more active

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36 schools in Stockport have now signed up to the Daily Mile campaign which has been rebranded as “Smile for a Mile” in Stockport’s schools, as children embrace the idea and are keen to take part.
The “Smile for a Mile” involves children walking, running or jogging, outside around the school playground or perimeter every day in addition to their existing sporting curricular activities.
In some schools parents are also been encouraged to take part.
Target
Following the announcement that Greater Manchester has committed itself to become the world’s first Daily Mile city region, Greater Manchester has now set a target for all schools, nurseries, universities and work places to adopt The Daily Mile.
Stockport Council’s Director of Education Phil Beswick said:
“I am delighted at the number of schools in Stockport that already have committed to the Daily Mile campaign. Headteachers have reported back to me that not only are our children increasing their fitness levels but children’s concentration levels have also improved.”
Dr Donna Sager, Stockport Council’s Deputy Director of Public Health said:
“Around 74,000 of Stockport’s adults aren’t doing enough exercise and many of us work in desk based jobs.”
“We therefore now want Stockport’s workplaces to follow the example of our schools and get involved in The Daily Mile campaign.”We as a council are committed to The Daily Mile and are encouraging our own employees to take part; this includes marking out a walking trail around the civic complex with distance and motivational signs to help support staff. The health benefits of taking part in the Daily Mile are huge.”