LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas Children's Hospital) -- Arkansas Children's Hospital and the Blue & You Foundation For A Healthier Arkansas announced today, at Little Rock Bale Elementary School, a co-sponsorship of GoNoodle for elementary schools in Arkansas. GoNoodle is a new interactive resource used in classrooms to increase students' physical activity and improve their academic performance.
The Blue & You Foundation's gift of $124,000 to Arkansas Children's Hospital will help make GoNoodle available to a total of 1,000 Arkansas classrooms at no charge to the schools.
Childhood obesity is still the leading health issue affecting kids, and if left unaddressed projected to impact 60 percent of Arkansans by 2030, according to a 2012 report by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Regular moderate to vigorous physical activity is a key ingredient in combating the obesity epidemic. Today, less than 25 percent of youth in Arkansas achieve the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity. GoNoodle gets kids up and moving in the classroom, delivering short bursts of interactive physical activity, or brain breaks, right next to students' desks. Research proves the positive benefits of physical activity on student behavior, engagement and achievement.
"We are excited to work with schools to incorporate creative moments of physical activity that will enhance student performance while also improving the health of Arkansas' kids." said Marcy Doderer, FACHE, president and CEO of Arkansas Children's Hospital. "Arkansas Children's Hospital is pleased to partner with the Blue & You Foundation to make GoNoodle available to elementary schools across the state."
"Evidence has proven that when physical activity is integrated in the school day, kids perform better academically. We believe physical activity is not an interruption of the learning process, but rather, an integral part of learning," said Patrick O'Sullivan, executive director of the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas. "That's why we're so excited about the impact this partnership is going to have on the approximately 25,000 children across the state who will get to experience the fun activities that GoNoodle offers right in their classrooms."
"If we truly are to Put Children First, education of the whole student must be a priority. We appreciate the opportunity to work with stakeholders - Arkansas Children's Hospital and the Blue & You Foundation - who are equally committed to the health and wellbeing of our children," said LRSD Superintendent Dr. Dexter Suggs. "We are pleased that our students at Bale Elementary School will be able to experience the exciting GoNoodle resource and look forward to a continuation of this great partnership," he added.
"GoNoodle is such a great resource to get our kids up and moving in the classroom," said Sarah Perkins, preK-5th grade PE/ Health teacher, Little Rock Bale Elementary School. "By using these "brain breaks" our students are able to burn some energy and refocus themselves for the next activity. Plus it's fun!"
GoNoodle delivers a variety of fun, interactive brain breaks, providing students with measurable minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity. GoNoodle brain breaks include running, dancing, stretching and even calming exercises, along with games that incorporate spelling, vocabulary and math with physical activity.
Arkansas Children's Hospital and Blue & You Foundation are joined by Mercy in northwest Arkansas, and by CHRISTUS St. Michael in southwest Arkansas, in making GoNoodle available to Arkansas elementary schools. Arkansas teachers can learn more by visiting gonoodle.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.