Blog: “A Mile-Per-Day, Every Day”

March 22, 2015

 

The Chicago Tribune featured an article on Chicago area schools that have outsourced in-school fitness programs to address the absence of effective physical education.  Illinois ranks 4th in the nation in childhood obesity.  If it were an epidemic of any other kind, would schools respond differently to the dire health consequences affecting tens of thousands of students?

 

“Mile-Per-Day” is a WELL Street health promotion program that encourages aerobic activity.  Any individual, regardless of age or physical condition, can benefit from completing a Mile-Per-Day.  Schools can effectively provide these benefits to their students and motivate them to adopt healthy lifestyle habits that will affect the quality of their lives, potentially forever.  The research, on the benefits of aerobic exercise to children and adolescents, indicates that it is not just students’ heart health that will improve.  The research promises these additional outcomes: 

  • Increased energy level

  • More restful sleep

  • Decreased risk of disease

  • Healthy weight maintained

  • Improved mood

  • Better management of stress, anxiety, and depression

  • Self-acceptance

  • Increased attention span

  • Improved learning and grades

  • Better behavior​

While I was reading about the dire fiscal state of things in Illinois, and how that has contributed to the sad physical state of our children, I received a call from a teacher in Hollywood, California, (part of the Los Angeles Unified School District).  The teacher was calling to get her 2nd grade classroom signed up for Mile-Per-Day.  She wanted to kick it off by leading her class in daily 20-minute hikes.  She understood that nurturing healthy behaviors in her young students was part of her job and wanted to integrate into the school day – every day.

 

Mile-Per-Day grows one person, one school, and one company at a time.  It’s simple, fun, for everyone, and it’s gone Hollywood!

 

Live WELL!

 

​M. J. 

 

M. J. White is the creator of “LEAN Wellness”, which transforms work environments with a radically different bottom-up approach that inspires continuous improvement in health and wellbeing.  To learn more, visit the website at: www.wellstreet.us or email M. J. directly at: mwhite@wellstreet.us 

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