According to a new “Kids Movement Index” released by GoNoodle, the entire state of Kentucky is among the leading states in minutes of movement for kids, while both Louisville and Lexington ranked high among cities for kids’ physical activity.
The report – available online by clicking here – ranks top locations where elementary-school-aged children engaged in the most physical activity during the 2015-16 school year through GoNoodle. Kentucky ranked #3 on the list, Louisville is #2 among large cities (more than 100,000 kids), and Lexington is #2 among small cities (fewer than 50,000 kids).
“With over 10 million kids playing GoNoodle each month across all 50 states and in the top 200 U.S. cities, coupled with GoNoodle’s real-time capture of minutes of physical activity, we created the Kids Movement Index to help better understand how turning sedentary environments into active spaces positively impacts kids’ minutes of movement,” Scott McQuigg, CEO and cofounder of GoNoodle, said in a news release. “The index shows real progress in how teachers and parents are getting kids to incorporate minutes of movement into places not typically thought of as active spaces.”
Passport Health Plan has been partnering with a number of five different health systems around Kentucky to co-sponsor GoNoodle in elementary schools and homes free of charge since 2014 in the following counties:
- Claire Regional Medical Center (Bath, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Lewis, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Rowan, and Wolfe counties)
- Highlands Regional Medical Center (Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, and Martin counties)
- Owensboro Health (Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, McLean, and Muhlenberg counties)
- Hardin Memorial Health (Hardin County)
- Kosair Children’s Hospital (Adair, Allen, Anderson, Barren, Bell, Boyle, Breathitt, Bullitt, Carroll, Casey, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Franklin, Grayson, Green, Harlan, Hart, Henry, Jefferson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Mercer, Metcalfe, Monroe, Oldham, Owen, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Russell, Shelby, Simpson, Spencer, Taylor, Todd, Trimble, Warren, Washington, and Whitley counties)
“Too many Kentucky schoolchildren get less than one hour of physical activity each day. To improve these numbers, Passport Health Plan has been working since 2014 with many hospitals and school systems around the Commonwealth to bring the GoNoodle program into classrooms and help our children improve their health and quality of life,” said Passport CEO Mark B. Carter. “We are proud to join with these health systems to bring the GoNoodle program to so many elementary schools around Kentucky. Together, we can help all Kentuckians live healthier lives.”
According to the latest numbers, more than 550 elementary schools were using GoNoodle around Kentucky in April 2016 thanks to Passport, with more than 4,000 different teachers leading nearly 110,000 students in more than 68,000 physical activity breaks! That adds up to more than 4.2 million student minutes of physical activities for the month, bringing the total since the beginning of the school year to more than 36 million minutes of physical activity!
GoNoodle is an interactive resource used in classrooms to increase students’ physical activity and improve their academic performance and is being made available for use in public and private elementary schools, as well as in students’ homes. GoNoodle’s online physical activity breaks make it easy for teachers and parents to get kids moving, which helps improve their behavior, focus, and engagement.