John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets joined Olympian hero Sir Mo Farah and Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London today at Cubitt Town Primary School to support the participation of all London schools in The Daily Mile.
The Daily Mile began in 2012, the year of the Olympics, as an idea to tackle children’s lack of physical fitness. Today Tower Hamlets leads London in the percentage of schools that are signed up to it.
Support for The Daily Mile health and wellbeing initiative has grown significantly since research findings showed that children participating in it were significantly healthier than those who did not. The national health initiative is effective in boosting activity levels and improves overall fitness and body composition.
London boroughs worryingly make up seven of the ten worst-ranked authorities in England for obesity rates.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said:
“Tower Hamlets was an Olympic borough in 2012 and those aspirational games are part of the heritage of our children.
“I am proud we have more schools signed up to the Daily Mile than any other borough in London, but we will continue to work with schools, businesses and other partners to develop opportunities that contribute to the ongoing health and wellbeing of our residents.”
Sir Mo Farah said:
“The Daily Mile is a brilliant and easy way to get kids moving and keeping healthy. I’m a dad of four and I encourage my kids to be active every day. It would be fantastic to see every primary school in London signing up to do The Daily Mile.”
Elaine Wyllie, founder of The Daily Mile added:
“The Daily Mile is a free, simple and effective initiative and can have transformational effects on children’s health and wellbeing.
“Tower Hamlets has already recognised this and is a leading local authority in the number of schools that have signed-up. I don’t doubt that they will encourage even more schools to join The Daily Mile and be a shining example for the rest of London.”
Robyn Bruce, Headteacher at Cubitt Town Primary School said:
“It has been incredible to witness what 15 minutes of exercise a day has done for our children – both physically but also in improving their mental well-being.
“We are hoping the continued daily use of our running track will build stamina , determination and inspire our children to succeed in all areas. Who knows - maybe the next Mo Farah will come from one of Tower Hamlets Primary Schools.”
48 per cent of schools in Tower Hamlets are signed up to the Daily Mile.
Seven new urban gyms were opened over the summer this year by the council, giving all residents free access to exercise. If referred to a gym by a GP, this offer comes with the support of a personal trainer.
All residents can swim for free in the council’s leisure centres on Fridays. Young people under 16 can swim for free during the holidays and for just a pound at all other times.
Posted on Monday 15th October 2018