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The Mayor’s Golden Kilometre

Golden Kilometre Challenge at Saracens
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Golden Kilometre Challenge at Saracens
The Mayor’s Golden Kilometre is an initiative set up to encourage Barnet schools to help their pupils take part in a 1km run, skip or jog every day around their school playground, field or local green space. The main aim of the initiative is to get young people moving more to improve their physical health and mental wellbeing.
 
This programme began in 2016 and since then 12 primary schools have signed up with over 7,000 children taking part. 
 
In addition to improvements in concentration and behaviour, a health analysis undertaken by Middlesex University within two primary schools over a six week period found:
 
  • a decrease in waist circumference by 1.1cm
  • improved physical activity levels with the MGKM being completed 2.5 minutes quicker between the start and end of analysis
  • three children went from being obese to overweight and one overweight child went from overweight to normal weight
The multi-agency steering group are working to engage more schools in the borough.

To check if your child’s school is involved in this initiative, or to find out more information please email: sport@barnet.gov.uk 

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