High-energy dance parties. Virtual field trips. Meditation exercises.
They’re all a part of GoNoodle, an online suite of interactive, educational videos that has area students getting physically active in the classroom. Blending fitness and fun, GoNoodle offers hundreds of movement and mindfulness videos that can be used at school and home.
“With GoNoodle, Children’s is able to fight childhood obesity in an entertaining way that engages kids’ bodies and minds.”
— Karla Lester, M.D., medical director of Children’s Hospital & Medical Center’s Lincoln-based Center for the Child & Community
Children’s has sponsored GoNoodle in Omaha metropolitan area schools since 2015, providing premium accounts to nearly 250 schools in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. In the 2017-18 academic year, Omaha area students logged 20 million minutes of physical activity at school with GoNoodle.
With a generous grant awarded by Kohl’s, Children’s was able to sponsor Lancaster County elementary school educators’ use of GoNoodle this past fall. The partnership with Kohl’s provides more than 25,000 students access to the premium version of GoNoodle for a two-year period. In their first year, Lincoln area learners’ totaled more than 7 million minutes of movement.
The need for such a resource is great: 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.
“Regular physical activity is critically important to the healthy development of kids, and it helps them do better in school,” adds Dr. Lester. “Plus, we’re supporting area teachers in their efforts to make their classrooms active learning environments.”
GoNoodle helps teachers create a positive classroom environment by utilizing short interventions—called “brain breaks”— to get kids ready to learn and maximize instructional time. Instruction is also reinforced, as video content often aligns with core competencies. Through increased movement and mindfulness in the classroom, students are not only improving their health but also boosting their cognitive processing, focus and academic performance.
Dr. Lester says, “Bringing GoNoodle into area schools has been a triple win for children, parents, and educators. It underscores Children’s commitment to improving the lives of children and improving the health of entire communities.”