(PRWEB) November 13, 2013
With childhood obesity still the leading health issue affecting kids, the fact that many kids fall well below the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity, and research proving the benefits of physical activity on learning, Baton Rouge, Louisiana area schools are using GoNoodle. This interactive resource is designed to get kids up and moving during the school day.
Teacher Sarah Weisskopf will lead a demonstration of GoNoodle in her classroom at Cedarcrest-Southmoor School, part of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System in LA, on Friday, November 15th at 9 a.m. Media are invited to attend this highly-visual event and capture the energy of the students engaged with this valuable resource.
GoNoodle, along with HealthTeacher, an online health education resource used by teachers, is available to 13 parish school systems in the greater Baton Rouge area through the generous support of Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital. Sponsored by Our Lady of the Lake Foundation, the partnership with area schools was formed as part of the hospital’s commitment to improve the health and academics of children and reaches 232 schools and almost 70,000 students. The health lessons and resources of HealthTeacher address important topics like bullying, physical activity, and nutrition and also align to Common Core standards.
“Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is committed to the complete health needs of all of the children and adolescents in our region and we feel strongly that GoNoodle, and the additional HealthTeacher resources, allow us to highlight healthy lifestyles in a proactive manner with students from Kindergarten through 12th grade,” said John Paul Funes, President/CEO of Our Lady of the Lake (OLOL) Foundation.
GoNoodle brings a series of interactive physical activity games and breaks right into the classroom. Each physical activity break of GoNoodle is designed to provide students 3-5 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity right next to their desks. Research proves that such short bursts of physical activity have positive health benefits and improve student engagement, behavior and achievement. In addition to a track and field game which features Olympians as virtual coaches, GoNoodle includes dancing, stretching and even calming exercises, along with games that incorporate spelling, vocabulary and math with physical activity. Baton Rouge-area teachers can learn more about GoNoodle by visiting http://www.gonoodle.com.
GoNoodle is a research-based classroom resource for elementary teachers to improve student engagement and youth health through desk-side physical activity breaks. Helping to increase energy and focus while improving classroom behavior, GoNoodle’s games can be played on an interactive whiteboard, projector or computer screen. GoNoodle is powered by HealthTeacher, Inc., the interactive leader in youth health. Learn more at gonoodle.com.
About Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital
Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is one of the largest providers of pediatric services in the state serving over 84,000 patients annually. The “hospital within a hospital” has 100 beds dedicated to children and is the only healthcare provider in the Baton Rouge area that provides a full range of pediatric services ranging from a 24/7 pediatric emergency room, to a team of more than 60 pediatric specialists treating a variety of illness and injury. For more information visit http://www.ololchildrens.org.