GoNoodle’s online movement videos and games positively impact student performance around Kentucky

Go NoodleAn 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.Kids Go Noodling

“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.”

GoNoodle is currently available free of charge to more than 3,600 teachers in 178 Louisville schools, reaching nearly 68,000 K-5 students in Jefferson County. For more information, please click here.

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)Go Noodle Classroom Pic

“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.”


All residents can help clean Kentucky’s air and help asthma sufferers

Insider Louisville LogoSometimes it’s the little things that mean a lot. If you turn off your car while waiting in line at a drive-thru, or while waiting to pick up your child at school, you could help reduce the number of asthma attacks in the city.

That’s just part of the message from AIR Louisvillea grant-funded program that is measuring data from individuals with asthma to help pinpoint areas with the most severe air-quality issues.

“This will help city officials make decisions about how to clean up the air,” Veronica Combs, vice president for partners and programs at the Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil, said in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville. “If you can clean up the air a little bit, it can affect asthma sufferers throughout Jefferson County.”

It’s especially important in Louisville, where 13 percent of the population suffers from asthma, higher than national average of 8 percent. And Louisville has been ranked as high as #1 in studies of metropolitan areas based on the number of allergy sufferers.

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Kentucky Gets $8.1 Million Grant to Help Students with Mental Health Needs

Through a new $8.1 million federal grant, schools across Kentucky will be able to better identify their student’s mental health issues and get them the help they need, according to a recent article in Kentucky Teacher. According to the report, “the Kentucky Department of Education was one of 120 state and local education agencies to be awarded an Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education (AWARE) grant last fall. In addition to providing training on how to detect students’ mental health needs, the grant will also improve the coordination of youth mental health services across the state.”

The Kentucky AWARE program will be piloted in Jefferson County, Fayette County, and Pulaski County schools and will then move statewide, said Gretta Hylton, executive staff advisor in KDE’s Office of Next Generation Learners. The grants are being administered through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and are part of the federal “Now Is the Time” initiative to decrease gun violence, increase access to mental health services, and increase school safety.