Dun­do­nians lead field in bid to stay fit for life

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - BY JON BRADY

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

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