Local MP encourages schools to take part in running challenge

Stephen Morgan, the MP for Portsmouth South, is supporting children’s health and fitness initiative, The Daily Mile, by encouraging every school in his constituency to take part in a 15 minute jog or run, at least three times per week.

The initiative has one aim – to improve the physical and mental health and well-being of UK children by encouraging more schools to participate in The Daily Mile. It helps to make children fitter, healthier and happier, and has a positive impact on their behaviour and concentration levels, which helps to raise attainment.

Stephen Morgan MP said:

“Schools are under a great deal of pressure to fit a number of things into the school day, but if Portsmouth schools can find the time to introduce this initiative then I am sure they will see benefits.

“Healthier children are tomorrow’s healthier adults and the Daily Mile is ensuring our children’s future health and will not only provide benefits to school children in the short term, but could reduce the pressure on vital NHS services in the long run.”

Members of Parliament across the UK are taking part in the MP Daily Mile Initiative between the 7th and 9th November, during Parliamentary recess, to encourage more schools to sign up to the growing children’s health and well-being movement.

Schools who are interested in starting the Daily Mile will find everything they need on their website, www.thedailymile.co.uk, including research showing the transformative impact that The Daily Mile can have on children’s physical and mental health and well-being.