Kentucky ranks high in new “Kids Movement Index” produced by GoNoodle

gn-logo-flower-greenAccording 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.

 

Elementary schools around Kentucky are getting healthier thanks to Passport’s partnerships with health systems to bring GoNoodle into classrooms

Go NoodlePassport has been partnering with a number of hospital systems around Kentucky to co-sponsor a new educational health program called GoNoodle in elementary schools and homes throughout the Commonwealth.

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.

According to the latest numbers, more than 550 elementary schools were using GoNoodle around Kentucky in March 2016 thanks to Passport, with nearly 5,000 different teachers leading more than 129,000 students in more than 104,000 physical activity breaks! That adds up to more than 6.5 million student minutes of physical activities for the month, bringing the total since the beginning of the school year to nearly 32 million minutes of physical activity!

Passport partners with five different health systems to bring the resource into elementary school classrooms free of charge 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 (Breckenridge, Butler, Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, McLean, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Union, and Webster counties)
  • Hardin Memorial Health (Hardin, Larue, Meade, and Nelson counties)
  • 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)

For more information, go online to gonoodle.com.

 

Passport works with Kosair Children’s Hospital to get Jefferson County elementary schools moving with GoNoodle

Go NoodlePassport Health Plan is joining Kosair Children’s Hospital to make GoNoodle available to all Jefferson County public and private elementary schools. Through this sponsorship, more than 67,000 students in 178 schools now have access to a premium version of GoNoodle for three years (through the 2017-18 school year).

GoNoodle gets kids moving with short bursts of physical activity delivered through online movement videos and games. It is an interactive resource used in classrooms to increase students’ physical activity and improve academic performance. Through online physical activity breaks, GoNoodle makes it easy for teachers and parents to get kids moving, which helps improve their behavior, focus, and engagement.

Funding from Passport Health Plan and Kosair Children’s Hospital – through the Children’s Hospital Foundation – has made it available for use in public and private elementary schools, as well as in students’ homes.

The news media is invited to an official announcement and demonstration of GoNoodle as it is already being used in the schools on Monday, November 23, at 10:30 a.m. at Whitney Young Elementary School in Louisville. Representatives of Passport Health Plan, Kosair Children’s Hospital, GoNoodle, and more will be in attendance, and will be available to speak after the demonstration, along with a teacher and students.

Passport also recently announced a similar partnership with Hardin Memorial Health to bring the GoNoodle program to all of the elementary schools in Hardin County. This makes five partnerships for Passport Health Plan around Kentucky that covers 22 counties, more than 300 elementary schools, nearly 6,500 teachers, and almost 120,000 students. Since the start of the school year, these students have logged nearly 8 million minutes of physical activity with GoNoodle!

 

Passport Expands Partnerships to Bring GoNoodle into More Elementary Schools

Go Noodle LogoDid you know that less than 25 percent of schoolchildren get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day?

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.