Scottish Government Encourages Workers to Walk "Daily Mile"

 St. Ninian's Primary School students walk and run around a mile-long pathway near the school.   Courtesy: BBC

St. Ninian's Primary School students walk and run around a mile-long pathway near the school.  Courtesy: BBC

St. Ninian's Primary School's head teacher Elaine Wyllie came up with the idea of a "daily mile" in 2012 when she realised that the children in her class lacked stamina. She began to take her class around a mile-long path by the school every day, and soon enough other classes and schools followed suit, leaving teachers and students healthier and more energized.

Now the Scottish government is writing to businesses across Scotland, inviting workers to take part in a daily mile themselves. With help from Sports Minister Aileen Campbell, Scottish Power became one of the first companies to adopt the daily mile scheme at their Glasgow headquarters.

Keith Anderson, chief corporate officer at Scottish Power, said: "Our occupational health team has been inspired by the success and simplicity of the initiative already adopted by schools and the move to our new headquarters in Glasgow offers the perfect opportunity to encourage over 1,600 employees to think about changing their commuting habits."

Elaine Wyllie is happy that her daily mile scheme is gaining traction outside of primary schools: "I'm delighted that Scotland's workplaces will be following in the footsteps of our primary school children to push Scotland towards becoming the world's first daily mile nation."

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