North-east school kids take one mile walk in their stride

Youngsters at Marykirk Primary enjoy taking part in the Mile a Day challenge.

A school is going the extra mile for healthy living with a new initiative.

Marykirk School in Aberdeenshire is promoting a healthy lifestyle for its young students by encouraging them to run a mile a day.

The primary school pupils have been doing laps of their playing field as part of the Mile a Day initiative.

Head teacher Fiona Thomson was inspired to start the programme after its success in schools further south.

She is delighted with the impact doing a mile a day has had on the young pupils after beginning two weeks ago.

She said: “Some parents have been concerned about the time away from the curriculum, but it doesn’t take them long now.

“Some of our younger students completed the mile in 20 minutes the other day and they came back inside very pleased with themselves. It’s becoming part of the daily routine now, and something they enjoy.”

The Mile a Day programme is being encouraged by the Scottish Government to help combat childhood obesity, which can lead to greater health risks later in life.