The Daily Mile is a grass-roots initiative to help children increase their physical activity levels. It is a simple intervention that requires children to run, or jog for fifteen minutes every day.
There has been a large uptake of the intervention across schools worldwide, with now over 2 million children said to take part in the intervention. The aim of my project is to evaluate the equity of The Daily Mile in primary school children in England, and to assess whether it is reaching communities and children that could benefit from it the most.
Additionally, the project will be evaluating The Daily Mile’s potential impact on primary school children’s physical activity levels, physical literacy and wellbeing.
Finally, the project will assess the fidelity of implementation to The Daily Mile. This project uses the wide array of routinely collected datasets available in England and will primarily use quantitative statistical and epidemiological methods to answer the research questions.
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Venkatraman T, Honeyford K, Ram B, et al., (2020), Does The Daily Mile™ reach the schools that need it most? A cross sectional cluster analysis of the association between child physical activity, local authority characteristics and registration to The Daily Mile™. Journal of Public Health.
Foley K, Venkatraman T, Ram B, et al., 2019, A protocol for developing a core outcomes set for evaluation of school-based physical activity interventions in primary schools, Bmj Open, Vol:9, ISSN:2044-6055, Pages:1-5
Ram, B. Chalkley, A. Sluijs van, E. Phillips, R. Venkatraman, T. Hargreaves, S, D. Viner M, R. Saxena, S. (2021) ‘Impact of The Daily Mile on children’s physical and mental health, and educational attainment in primary schools: iMprOVE cohort study protocol‘ BMJ Open.