US Olympian Bershawn Jackson Visits Chapel Hill School to Reward Winners of National GoNoodle Contest

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Jackson and students will play GoNoodle, a classroom resource designed to improve student performance and increase physical activity.

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To reward the students and teachers for winning a national contest, Olympic Bronze Medalist Bershawn Jackson (Beijing 2008) will join students at Glenwood Elementary as they play GoNoodle. An online classroom resource, GoNoodle brings short bursts of physical activity into the classroom to stimulate learning and improve classroom engagement.

Glenwood won the contest launched at the The Alliance for Healthier Generation Conference by completing a total of 34,135 minutes of physical activity played over 815 games by 25 teachers during October of last year.

GoNoodle brings a series of interactive physical activity games and breaks right into the classroom. Each physical activity game of GoNoodle is designed to provide students three to five 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.

One of the GoNoodle physical activity breaks, “Run With US,” features Olympians leading students in virtual track and field events built-in collaboration with the USA Track and Field Foundation. American hurdler Bershawn Jackson will attend a school-wide assembly to play Run With US with the students. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Jackson won a bronze medal in the 400 m hurdles and also has three medals (two gold, one bronze) at the World Championships and one gold medal at the World Indoor Championships.

Jackson will visit Glenwood Elementary School on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 12:15 pm to lead students in GoNoodle physical activity breaks. There also will be a second demonstration at 1:15 pm, and the school is located at 2 Prestwick Rd., Chapel Hill, NC.

“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 Medalist Bershawn Jackson.

In addition to the track and field game, GoNoodle includes dancing, stretching, and even calming exercises, along with games that incorporate spelling, vocabulary and math with physical activity. North Carolina-area teachers can learn more about GoNoodle by visiting

About GoNoodle
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

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