Children at Poleseden Lacey Infant School running a mile a day
By Dorking Advertiser | Posted: March 27, 2016
FUN: Children enjoy the 15-minute daily run
INFANT pupils are running a mile a day as part of their school’s bid for a national health award.
Children and staff at Polesden Lacey Infant School have been running for 15 minutes a day as part of a bid to win a Silver Healthy Schools award as well as increasing their fitness, energy and develop good habits.
Childhood obesity is currently a hot topic and although not considered a major problem at the school, staff hope this new initiative will help pupils maintain a healthy weight.
Head teacher Rosie Keedy said: “The children love it, they can walk, jog or run and often do a mixture of all three.
“The school governors greatly approve of the project and parents are reporting to me that they are delighted that we are doing it and we are planning to invite them along to watch at the end of the summer term.
“We will check the impact next term by seeing if children can remain active for longer and run more laps.”
Staff and children at the school started the initiative by carrying out baseline tests to determine the children’s fitness levels. A route around the school was then decided and the oldest children completed a week’s trial of the runs before the other classes joined in.
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