Benalmádena’s schoolchildren to take a daily mile

Exercise scheme aims to improve fitness as well as academic performance

The exercise programme is initially being rolled out at three Benalmádena schools: El Tomillar (pictured), Jacaranda and La Paloma

BENALMÁDENA’S council and the Junta de Andalucía have joined forces to introduce a new pilot scheme in the town, which will see more than 1,600 local schoolchildren walk or run for one mile every day.

The plan to get schoolchildren moving is inspired by The Daily Mile, a programme to combat childhood obesity introduced by Elaine Wyllie, the former headmistress of St Ninian’s Primary School in Sterling, Scotland, in 2012 that has since been taken on by more than 2,500 schools across Britain and the world.

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