Exercise: Children

Department of Health written question – answered on 24th March 2017.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to launch the Daily Mile nationwide in England.

Photo of Nicola Blackwood Nicola Blackwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Chief Medical Officer recommends that all children aged five-18 should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day.

The Government published a Childhood Obesity Plan for Action in August 2016, which can be accessed here:


This plan states that for all primary school children, at least 30 minutes of physical activity should be delivered in school every day through active break times, Physical Education, extra curricular clubs, active lessons or other sport and physical activity events. Schools have the freedom to decide how to meet this expectation and which programmes, such as The Daily Mile, they choose to adopt.

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