1K A Day

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Walk, jog or run your way to a healthier school!

The more physical activity pupils do, the healthier they will be. But did you know that a large amount of evidence exists (see column, right) which shows a link between physical activity and:

  • Test results
  • Increased confidence
  • Increased concentration
  • Better developed social skills

But the school day is squeezed enough already so how do you find time to do more?

The 1K a Day programme provides more accessible and less competitive options for those pupils who do not engage with traditional team sports while at the same time fitting more physical activity in around a highly pressurised school day. By walking, jogging or running just one kilometre a day, pupils could increase their time spent being active by over an hour a week. And, as the activity only takes approximately 10 minutes per day, there is very little disruption to the rest of the school day.

The Standard 1K-A-Day package includes:

  • Large daily tracker wall chart per class
  • Dazzling trophy for the highest achieving class (one per school)
  • Reward stickers
  • Teacher’s ‘How-to’ guide
  • USB stick with lesson plans to incorporate 1K-A-Day into English, maths, science, PE and PSHE lessons (one per school)
  • Visit from a Yorkshire Sport Foundation team member to launch 1K-A-Day at your school (one per school)

 £30 (+VAT) per class 

The Enhanced 1K-A-Day package

  • All of the above plus a 1K-A-Day pedometer for every pupil
£90 (+VAT) per class



Research and evidence

Yorkshire Sport Foundation have collected anecdotal evidence that 1K-A-Day works! Click here to download an impact report.

Inactivity in the early years is associated with adverse cardiometabolic profiles, lower cognitive development and chronic diseases typical of adulthood: type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease are now seen in children of primary school age (Biddle SJH, Asare M. Physical activity and mental health in children and adolescents: a review of reviews. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2011)

A study by the University of Illinois of children aged between seven and nine found significant improvements in the mental skills of those enrolled on an after-school exercise programme for nine months.

Tests found those placed on the programme improved their accuracy on some mental capability tests by twice as much as those who were not assigned to do daily exercise.

A 2014 Public Health England report found that the amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity students engaged with at 11 years of age had an effect on academic performance across English, maths and science, including final GCSE exam results, with active students found to achieve up to 20 per cent higher results than non-active ones. 

When physical activity is provided for children during the school day, they are more attentive and teachers have fewer behavior problems (Pellegrini, Huberty, & Jones, 1995; Strong, et al., 2005).

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