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Texarkana Area Elementary Schools Celebrate 5 Million Minutes of Physical Activity with Help from CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System and GoNoodle May 24, 2016

Thanks to a contribution from CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, local students are getting more active at school with GoNoodle, an online suite of interactive movement videos. GoNoodle helps teachers motivate and engage students with 3-5 minute moderate to vigorous exercises they can perform next to their desks. Elementary students in Texarkana area elementary schools are celebrating the incredible milestone of 5 million minutes of physical activity documented with GoNoodle this school year.

According to the CDC, only one-quarter of today’s youth meet the current recommendation of at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day. With childhood obesity a pressing issue across the United States, incorporating precious minutes of movement into kids’ days has become more important than ever. Together with CHRISTUS St. Michael, GoNoodle is helping Texarkana area students accumulate vital movement minutes with entertaining experiences that feature high-energy dance music, fitness routines, virtual field trips and physical challenges. Through increased movement in the classroom, these elementary students are not only improving their health but also boosting their cognitive processing, focus and academic performance.

"Creating a healthy community begins with helping kids gain the knowledge, skills, ability, and confidence to make health choices and adopt healthy behaviors, “ said Chris Karam, President/CEO of CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System. “ Partnering with CHRISTUS St. Michael, GoNoodle, provides easy-to-use tools and methodology for teachers to incorporate into the classroom setting. Better choices are re-enforced for students via fun, interactive lessons. In addition, through the CHRISTUS St. Michael sponsorship, students and parents can access additional GoNoodle activities online.”

"Movement is critically important to the healthy development of kids and one of the best ways to help them focus, engage and retain what is being taught,” said Scott McQuigg, CEO and co-founder of GoNoodle. “Together with CHRISTUS St. Michael, GoNoodle is getting thousands of students moving in the Texarkana area at school and home like never before.”

GoNoodle is currently sponsored to over 1,000 teachers in Texarkana area schools, and 22,000 students across the region. During the 2015-16 school year, Texarkana area students reached over 5 million minutes of physical activity documented in their classrooms with GoNoodle.

To use GoNoodle, teachers need to have a computer with an Internet connection and a shared screen such as a projector or interactive white board. Texarkana area teachers in the sponsored schools have access to over 250 online movement videos, including exclusive GoNoodle PLUS videos that bring movement and core-subjects together to develop fluency in grade-specific math and ELA topics. These short movement videos incorporate kinesthetic and active learning principles by closely tying movement with core content. Both energizing and calming videos are available to help teachers channel kids’ energy for good while incorporating math, spelling and vocabulary. Thanks to a generous community contribution by CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, teachers, kids and parents can access GoNoodle for free by visiting gonoodle.com.