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NI children committing to healthy ‘Daily Mile’

The Daily Mile hopes to get more people, especially children, enjoying exercise. Credit: The Daily Mile Foundation

Children at schools across Northern Ireland are committing themselves to walking or running a mile every day, taking part in The Daily Mile scheme.

The initiative, which is being backed by ITV, is designed to get young people out of the classroom to improve their health and wellbeing –regardless of age or ability.

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It is a life lesson that pupils at Pond Park Primary School in Lisburn, Co Antrim are keen to learn.

“There are many benefits – the most obvious one is just the physical good for each child and each teacher to get out of the classroom setting,” principal Geoffrey Cherry said.

“It raises the heart rate for 10 or 15 minutes and then they can return to get the heads down.”

Pond Park is just one of 55 schools in Northern Ireland, and more than 3,000 around the rest of the UK, who have been getting involved.

Globally, the healthy initiative has spread to schools in 33 countries.

ITV Chief Executive Carolyn McCall said: “The Daily Mile has already proved a great success for the schools that are taking part with a hugely positive impact on children’s health and wellbeing.

“ITV wants to use the power of TV and the reach of our programming to change attitudes and behaviours towards living more healthily.

“We are aiming to get the whole country engaged with this initiative and every UK primary school taking part.”

And while schools may be helping to lead the way, anyone can take part and start feeling the benefits of a little bit of daily exercise and fresh air.

If Team UTV can do it, you can do it!

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