Dundonians lead field in bid to stay fit for life
more active more often and help us reach our ambition of becoming the first Daily Mile Nation.”
The Daily Mile was launched in 2012 by former Stirling head teacher Elaine Wyllie, after she became concerned with the lack of fitness among her pupils.
The idea is a simple one: to walk or run a mile every day.
The success of the scheme has seen it expand not just into other schools, but among adults as well.
And as part of the plan, members of the Dundee Partnership, including Dundee City Council and NHS Tayside, will be encouraging their employees to complete a Daily Mile of activity every day.
John Alexander, leader of Dundee City Council, said: “We’ll be encouraging employees to walk to work, park further away, get off the bus a few stops early, go for a lunchtime walk, take the stairs not the lift and have walking meetings.
“Anything that helps make the Daily Mile part of their daily routine.”
Dr Drew Walker, director of public health at NHS Tayside, added: “Dundee City Council and NHS Tayside employees taking the challenge together demonstrates the combined effort the city is making to helping everyone become more active, happier and healthy.”
The Physical Activity Strategy is broken down into four key areas: sports and recreation, play, active living and dance.
Each has their own targets but in essence the strategy aims to get Dundonians up and moving.
Kids will be encouraged to play in childcare, nursery and school, as well as outdoors in good quality open areas and parks.
Schools will also be supported in encouraging pupils to do at least two hours of PE each week — and a commitment has been made to ensure the new Regional Performance Centre for Sport in Caird Park is accessible by the public.
The plan also aims to ensure that anyone who wants to get involved in dance can do so without barriers, and with access to quality facilities.
The strategy has been developed with Leisure & Culture Dundee, Dundee City Council, NHS Tayside, Abertay University, Dundee Academy of Sport, University of Dundee, Dundee Dance Partnership, sportscotland and Play Scotland. Ourvoice
Young and old are urged to use the city’s facilities, including the new centre at Caird Park, above. John Alexander PAGE 16