Or that only four percent (4%) of elementary schools provide physical education (P.E.) classes?
Or that the amount of “screen time” that children spend in front of televisions, computers, tablets, and smartphones is increasing every year?
We at Passport Health Plan know about this, and that is why we have formed a partnership with GoNoodle, a website with interactive games and videos that is used in classrooms to increase students’ physical activity and improve their academic performance. GoNoodle’s online physical activity breaks, or “brain breaks,” make it easy for teachers to get kids moving inside the classroom and improving students’ behavior, focus, and engagement.
For the 2014-15 school year, Passport partnered with two hospital systems – Highlands Regional Medical Center (covering Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, and Martin counties in Eastern Kentucky) and Owensboro Health (covering Daviess County in Western Kentucky) – to bring the GoNoodle product into public and private elementary schools. Through this partnership, more than 7,000 students were reported as active, and the total number of minutes of physical activity was more than TWO MILLION MINUTES!
This year, we are continuing those partnerships, increasing our service area, and adding two new partnerships to increase the number of schools, classrooms, and students that are getting healthier!
- In Eastern Kentucky, we are maintaining the partnership with Highlands Regional, and adding a new partnership with St. Claire Regional Medical Center to cover elementary schools in 10 counties: Bath, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Lewis, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Rowan, and Wolfe counties!
- In Central Kentucky, we are adding a new partnership with Hardin Memorial Hospital to bring GoNoodle into elementary schools around the Greater Elizabethtown area!
- In Western Kentucky, we are expanding the partnership with Owensboro Health into Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, McLean, and Muhlenberg counties, as well as continuing our work in Daviess County!
Passport Health Plan is proud to be working with these hospital systems to implement the GoNoodle product in our schools. We hope to continue to find new, innovative ways to collaborate with more groups around the Commonwealth that are in line with our mission of improving people’s health and quality of life. Together, we can help Kentuckians live healthier lives.