We all know ‘exercise is good for you’, and The Daily Mile is no exception. There are a wide variety of health and wellbeing benefits associated with daily physical activity. To further understand the impact of The Daily Mile on children, see below published research surrounding the initiative.

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The Science behind The Daily Mile

How does exercise affect my brain?

(BBC Learning’s Terrific Scientific 2018)

Research carried out by the Universities of Stirling and Edinburgh has found that 15 minutes of self-paced exercise can significantly improve a child’s mood, attention and memory – enhancing their ability to learn… [Read more]



Young at heart: Why children who exercise become healthier adults

(The Guardian Health & Wellbeing 28.08.17)

New research suggests childhood exercise has a protective effect on health in later years, as well as improving brain power – even in inactive grown-ups… [Read more]


The Coppermile Evaluation Report

(Fitmedia Fitness in association with London Playing Fields Foundation 2016)

Learn how The Daily Mile can significantly improve the physical, mental, social and emotional health and well-being of nursery and primary-aged children in the Coppermile Evaluation… [Read more]


There is no silver bullet in turning the tide on obesity, but in my view The Daily Mile is a key part of a whole systems approach to tackling the epidemic. It ingrains a lifelong habit in our kids of taking regular physical activity; and regular physical activity in childhood is a completely separate risk factor for future heart disease in adults.

Danny Ruta, Director of Public Health for NHS Lewisham