[SportMed] PHYSICAL EXERCISE AND FITNESS: ACTIVITIES : COUNTRIES: GREAT BRITAIN: ‘Daily Mile’ Craze in Britain Hopes to Tackle National Obesity Crisis

 

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PHYSICAL EXERCISE AND FITNESS: ACTIVITIES :

COUNTRIES: GREAT BRITAIN:

‘Daily Mile’ Craze in Britain Hopes to Tackle National Obesity Crisis

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‘Daily Mile’ Craze in Britain Hopes to Tackle National Obesity Crisis

By Karla Adam

November 30, 2016

Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/daily-mile-craze-in-britain-
hopes-to-tackle-national-obesity-crisis/2016/11/28/e0aabfd4-ad09- 11e6-8f19-21a1c65d2043_story.html?utm_term=.21ade624942e

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LONDON  Torriano primary school in north London doesnt have lush green grounds or an outdoor running track or a leafy campus quad.

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But on most days, its students do something that is being replicated in schools across the country: They put down their pencils, step into the great outdoors and run a mile.

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For one ruddy-faced 9-year-old who was breathing heavily after his run, the experience makes me feel like Im proud of myself and means that during lessons, I can concentrate a bit more. On a recent day that looked like autumn but felt like winter, he joined his classmates in lapping the perimeter of his Victorian school 12 times before heading back inside to get on with his day.

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Every day, tens of thousands of schoolchildren across Britain  in addition to regular physical-education classes  run, jog or walk a mile under a voluntary scheme dubbed the daily mile. They dont change clothes. They dont compete. They dont know when their teacher will give the green light to rush outside.

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But at some point during the day, come (non-torrential) rain or shine, children complete a mile.

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This running craze adopted by schools up and down the country comes amid an obesity crisis in Britain. Simon Steven, NHS Englands chief executive, has called obesity the new smoking. The British government estimates that nearly a third of children ages 2 to 15 are overweight or obese.

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According to a 2015 report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development  the latest available that compares all OECD countries Greece, England and the United States rank the highest for child obesity based on measured data. In a more recent OECD report, published Wednesday, England ranks fourth in a comparison of European-only countries.

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Obesity is, of course, an exceedingly complex, multifaceted issue that involves a number of factors including physical activity and nutrition. Diets have changed over the years  Britain plans to ratchet up its battle against sugar with a tax on sugary drinks  and so too have lifestyles, with countless hours spent on computers, tablets and phones.

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