19 September 2019
Members of our Northern Ireland Branch are going walking and jogging tomorrow to promote The Daily Mile, an initiative that is improving the mental and physical wellbeing of schoolchildren.
The psychologists are visiting Hazelwood Integrated College in Newtownabbey, County Antrim, where they will be joined by Koulla Yiasouma, the Northern Ireland children’s commissioner, and children from across the region.
The Daily Mile is an initiative for schools and nurseries that encourages children to walk, jog or run out of doors with friends for just 15 minutes every day.
Professor Nichola Rooney, the chair of the BPS Northern Ireland Branch, said:
“The Daily Mile is a fantastic initiative as it is fully inclusive - every child, whatever their circumstances, age or ability can succeed at The Daily Mile.
It also instils constructive habits from a young age which will continue to generate positive behaviour as the child develops.
The Daily Mile research report finds that children feel happier, more awake and calmer after doing completing the one-mile challenge. And on self-assessment questionnaires, self-esteem, wellbeing and satisfaction all improved.
These skills are essential skills that will ultimately help children’s ability to learn.”