Scots are being urged to start their New Year’s resolutions early and pledge to walk
for 15 minutes a day, as the country takes steps towards becoming the world’s first
Daily Mile nation.
Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell said: “By walking just one mile a day, people
can make huge changes to their lives.
“Something as simple as a 15 minute walk each day and being more active generally
can improve mental and physical health.
“It is cost-effective and demonstrates that prevention really is better than cure.
The health risks are stark: seven Scots die every day due to inactivity, often long
before they have to. That is seven too many.
“2018 is the year to get Scots more active, and embrace the truly beautiful walking
routes we have available to us – so put a spring in your step this festive season
and end 2017 the way you mean to begin the new year.”
The Daily Mile initiative was founded by headteacher Elaine Wyllie at St Ninian’s
Primary School in Stirling in 2012. Originally aimed at primary-aged children, the
initiative has grown and earlier this year the Scottish Government wrote to workplaces,
schools, nurseries, colleges and universities across Scotland, encouraging their
employees and students to walk, jog or run for 15 minutes every day to improve their
health, wellbeing and fitness.
The Daily Mile is so-called because in the 15 minutes, most children will average
a mile or more.