West Cheshire Smile for a Mile: A summary of a daily physical activity intervention for primary-aged children
ISPAH ePoster Library. Setterington D. Oct 15, 2018; 225454
Duncan Setterington
Duncan Setterington
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Abstract The Chief Medical Officer recommends children reach 60-minutes of moderate physical activity [PA] daily to maintain good health. While PE and active play provides some contribution to those 60 minutes, according to the NHS, in 2015 only 22% of children aged 5-15 met PA guidelines.Research suggests that PA (and indeed inactivity) habits are set early in childhood. According to a report in 2013, PA levels decline in children from age 7. Although responsibility does not lie solely with schools, schools are commonly acknowledged as primary institutions with responsibility for promoting activity in children, with school staff playing significant parts in children’s secondary socialization.Smile for a Mile is a successful PA intervention, based upon Daily Mile principles, where every child in a primary school or nursery setting will run or walk for 15 minutes in the school day, every day.In April 2015 Active Cheshire launched Smile for a Mile in West Cheshire. Together with Cheshire West and Chester Local Authority Public Health Team, and NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Active Cheshire have led on encouraging uptake of Smile for a Mile. Currently, 39 schools have implemented Smile for a Mile for every pupil, every day: this constitutes 910 new and unique activity sessions taking place in schools every week. These represent over a quarter of the West Cheshire primary schools that the partnership aims to reach within the three-year funding period. So far, the programme has been positively received by schools.
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