Just 15 minutes of exercise a day could make a massive difference to young people’s health and wellbeing – one woman is on a mission to get schools to pledge to deliver just that.

Elaine Wyllie MBE, founder of The Daily Mile, which has encouraged children across 78 countries to get active for at least 15 minutes a day, visited children at Fairlop Primary School, on Wednesday February 5.

The Colvin Gardens school is one of 16 in Redbridge to sign up to The Daily Mile, which has inspired more than 2.3million children around the world to get fit for 15 minutes a day.

As part of the visit Elaine oversaw two classes taking part in The Daily Mile challenge of running or jogging for at least 15 minutes, followed by a question and answer session.

Elaine Wyllie said: “The Daily Mile is going from strength to strength, and I’m thrilled to see such enthusiasm from all the children and teachers I’ve met in Redbridge.

“Fairlop Primary School are a wonderful example of how to do The Daily Mile and I’m so pleased to hear one of the teachers will be taking part in the London Marathon – they will inspire so many children in the school.

“I’d love to see every school in Redbridge taking part in The Daily Mile so they can feel the benefits of daily physical activity. Children who exercise are fitter, happier and healthier – and it helps their learning in the classroom.”

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