Olympic Athletes Celebrate Physical Activity in American Classrooms Using GoNoodle

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Free classroom games enable quick, fun exercise breaks for elementary school students helping teachers increase classroom energy and focus; Olympic Gold Medalist Ashton Eaton to demonstrate at Atlanta school


“As someone who has devoted my life and livelihood to being physically active, I'm proud to help share that passion with elementary school students,” said Olympic Gold Medalist Ashton Eaton.

With the increasing childhood obesity epidemic, physical education classes cut from school district budgets, and national initiatives like Michelle Obama's Let's Move!, GoNoodle has responded with a free interactive classroom resource that creates physical activity opportunities throughout the school day in a unique collaboration with Olympic athletes.

GoNoodle is launching their free resource nationwide, accessible at gonoodle.com for classroom teachers. To illustrate how the program helps children be more active and alert in elementary schools, GoNoodle is conducting demonstrations across the country with in-person appearances from the top USA Track & Field athletes who also serve as virtual coaches in the program.

Fresh off the announcement that the Georgia Department of Public Health is partnering with the Department of Education to increase physical activity during the school day, Olympic Gold Medalist Ashton Eaton (decathlon, London 2012) and American sprinter and hurdler Queen Harrison (hurdles, Beijing 2008) will join students at Mary Lin Elementary School in Atlanta as they play GoNoodle on Thursday, May 16.

“As someone who has devoted my life and livelihood to being physically active, I'm proud to help share that passion with elementary school students across the country and hopefully inspire another generation with the benefits of being physically fit,” said Olympic Gold Medalist Ashton Eaton.

GoNoodle is based on research that shows short bursts of physical activity stimulates deeper engagement and learning. These brief breaks of physical activity also help battle childhood obesity and improve youth health. Teachers simply need internet access and a screen, projector or interactive whiteboard. Using the space around each student’s desk, the class participates in a variety of interactive exercise games, each designed to be played in five minutes or less.

“Research shows that movement yields meaningful improvements in energy, focus and classroom behavior for elementary students," said John Herbold, Head of Product Development for GoNoodle. "Our interactive games, supported by top Olympic athletes, significantly increase the incremental minutes of physical activity that students experience, allow teachers to help keep their classrooms engaged throughout the day, and provide positive effects for overall health and learning."

About GoNoodle
GoNoodle is a research-based classroom resource for elementary teachers to improve student engagement and youth health through desk-side movement activities and brain-break games. Helping to increase energy and focus while improving classroom behavior, GoNoodle games include Run With US!, developed in partnership with the USA Track & Field Foundation; To the Maximo; Boogie Down; and Airtime, all of which can be played on an interactive whiteboard or computer. GoNoodle is powered by HealthTeacher, Inc., the interactive leader in youth health. Learn more at gonoodle.com.

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