An online resource now in its third year of use in Jefferson County is helping improve elementary school students’ focus and classroom engagement as well as teach healthy lifestyle habits in schools and in homes.
GoNoodle inspires, measures and rewards kids when they move with short bursts of physical activity through online videos and games. It is available to Jefferson County teachers and parents thanks to support from Kosair Children’s Hospital and Passport Health Plan.
“Teachers see immediate results after using GoNoodle,” said Tamara Darden, principal at Byck Elementary School in Louisville. “Students get some exercise and then are more settled. Teachers can even incorporate it into lesson plans.”
Officials from GoNoodle, Passport, the Children’s Hospital and JCPS joined Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on Thursday, October 13, for a demonstration of the GoNoodle program at Byck Elementary. Mayor Fischer even joined second-graders in Miss Heuglin’s class when they did their daily activities!
“GoNoodle helps make our children healthier and stronger,” Mayor Fischer said. “And when our children are stronger, our whole city is stronger.”
Beyond Jefferson County, Passport and the Children’s Hospital have also partnered to bring GoNoodle into nearly 50 other counties around Kentucky. And Passport is working with additional hospital systems to bring GoNoodle into 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)
“Too many Kentucky schoolchildren get less than 60 minutes of physical activity each day. To improve these numbers, Passport Health Plan has been working with many hospitals and school systems around the Commonwealth since 2014 to bring the GoNoodle program into classrooms and help our children improve their health and quality of life,” said Passport Health Plan CEO Mark B. Carter. “We are proud to join the children’s hospital to bring the GoNoodle program to all of Jefferson County’s elementary schools. Together, we can help all Kentuckians live healthier lives.”