SNP MSP Bruce Crawford joined commuters across Scotland to do the Daily Mile challenge on Friday (6 April) and put a spring in their step on National Walk to Work Day.

The Daily Mile challenge was first introduced by Elaine Wyllie in 2012 to St Ninian’s primary School in Mr Crawford’s Stirling constituency. The Scottish Government has since written to schools, nurseries, colleges and universities as well as public and private sector companies encouraging them to help Scotland become the world’s first Daily Mile Nation.

Researchers at Essex University last year demonstrated the positive impact of the Daily Mile on improving attainment as well as self-esteem and wellbeing amongst pupils in an East London school.

Commenting, Bruce Crawford SNP MSP for Stirling said:

“Walking all or part of the journey to work is a great way to clear your mind and improve your health while reducing your carbon footprint.

“The Daily Mile challenge, first introduced in a Stirling school, is helping fight obesity, improve pupil behaviour, focus and confidence. Indeed, a study by Essex University last year found that participants of the Daily Mile programme did better than expected in classroom tests simply by getting active.

“The SNP Government is committed to making sure as many people as possible participate in this great example of Scottish innovation, to one day become a Daily Mile Nation, and I hope last Friday inspired more people to ditch their usual mode of transport and participate in the Daily Mile challenge.”