London Marathon Events will be setting be six challenges throughout the year to help keep your children active and encourage them to participate in The Daily Mile.
Resources for these challenges are free for all schools registered for The Daily Mile and will give you everything you need to set up and run the challenge in your school, including an assembly and posters for your classrooms. At the end of the challenge you will be able to download a certificate and will have the chance to win £500 for your school to spend on equipment to keep your children active.
Your first challenge is called ‘London Loop’
The children need to run around 15 London landmarks by the end of this half term. Each day they complete The Daily Mile – 15 minutes of running or jogging at their own pace – is one step on their ‘London Loop’. You can choose where to start – just follow the Loop and run at least 15 times!
You can get an assembly presentation to share the challenge with your children
Click here for the script to use with the assembly presentation
Click here for a poster which you can print and use in your classrooms so children can follow their progress around the Loop
Click here for a film which explains a bit more about The Daily Mile
Remember, physical activity helps with your children’s learning – they will be more alert and more able to concentrate in class. They will also be fitter and happier – activity helps improve both physical and mental health.
Find time for The Daily Mile every day and see if you can complete your first The Daily Mile Challenge of the year.
Interventions for preventing obesity in children – an updated Cochrane review
More children are becoming overweight and obese worldwide. Being overweight as a child can cause health problems, and children may be affected psychologically and in their social life. Overweight children are likely also to be overweight as adults and continue to experience poor physical and mental health.
The review authors searched many scientific databases to find studies that looked at ways of preventing obesity in children. They included studies aimed at all ages of children. Studies were included only if the methods they were using were aimed at changing children’s diet, or their level of physical activity, or both. Only the studies that contained the best information to answer this question, ‘randomised controlled trials’ or RCTs, were searched for.
The new guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under 5 years of age were developed by a WHO panel of experts. They assessed the effects on young children of inadequate sleep, and time spent sitting watching screens or restrained in chairs and prams. They also reviewed evidence around the benefits of increased activity levels.
The important interactions between physical activity, sedentary behaviour and adequate sleep time, and their impact on physical and mental health and wellbeing, were recognized by the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity, which called for clear guidance on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep in young children.
Applying the recommendations in these guidelines during the first five years of life will contribute to children’s motor and cognitive development and lifelong health.