The Daily Mile (DM) is a Scottish Government-backed initiative to introduce physical activity within the school day. Each day children are asked to run or walk for 15 minutes (approx. 1 mile) at a time convenient to the class schedule. Anecdotally, this initiative has been associated with improved health and wellbeing, behaviour and attainment.
Supported by the Vice Chancellor’s fund, and as part of a new BSc Nursing curriculum Lecturer Wendy Jessiman and Senior Lecturer Trish Gorely have introduced the Daily Mile concept to undergraduate students. We are encouraging 1st year students to walk a mile every day and to support and encourage each other to achieve this. We have mapped a number walks around the Centre for Health Science for all students when on campus and suggested others across our NHS partner area.
Although mostly focused on the University Of Stirling’s Highland campus, students in all three campuses (Highland in Inverness, Western Isles in Stornoway and the Stirling campus) have been provided with information and the opportunity to be part of TUMAD. In Highland there are 7 TUMAD Ambassadors who will lead walks when the students are on campus.
The first walk was a great success. Umbrellas are available on campus to take into account Scottish weather.
We envisage that TUMAD will help the cohorts learn from one another about health and well-being and also provide a personal and professional context for learning about their health, and the health of society.
Aside from the physical benefits of walking, walking can also better your mood, give you more energy and gets you out.