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Tishya Venkatraman

Name: Tishya Venkatraman

Based at: Imperial College London

Supervisors: Professor Sonia Saxena (Imperial College London), Dr Esther van Sluijs (University of Cambridge) and Professor Russell Viner (University College London)

Project title: Scoping the impact of The Daily Mile using routine data

Project summary: 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 in the England, the UK, and the rest of the world, with now about 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, to assess whether it is reaching communities and children that could benefit from it the most. Additionally, I will be evaluating whether the Daily Mile has an effect on primary school children’s physical activity levels, weight status, educational attainment, and school attendance. My project uses the wide array of routinely collected datasets available in England, and I have created a schools’ database by linking some of these datasets.

Practice engagement: I work directly with The Daily Mile Foundation, and Sport England coordinators in the field to get their perspective on what the implementation of the intervention has been in real-world settings.

Public engagement: I engage with relevant stakeholders, like teachers, parents, policy makers at meetings organised by the Daily Mile Foundation and Imperial SPHR internal teams. I am part of an expert steering group as part of The Daily Mile Foundation and they routinely have stakeholder engagement meetings. I have previously run a workshop in collaboration with The Daily Mile Foundation for a stakeholder group that had members of the public, to better understand how to effectively measure physical activity outcomes that matter to improve the health and wellbeing of children.

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