New Ranking Reveals Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers, Little Rock, and Fort Smith As Top Cities Getting Kids Moving At School

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GoNoodle unveils its second annual Kids Movement Index-- a physical activity measurement index using minutes to rank the top US cities and states where kids are most physically active. Arkansas ranks as the number three state with over 77 million minutes of movement.

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"Taking care of children is more than a hospital or clinic visit," said Chanda Chacon, EVP and COO for Arkansas Children’s. "We are excited to see how schools in NW Arkansas and across the state have embraced the GoNoodle curriculum and are having fun while getting fit!"

Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers ranked #1 and Little Rock ranked 4th among mid-size U.S. cities (cities with kid populations from 50,000-100,000) for kids physical activity, and Fort Smith is a leading small city in the country (cities with kid populations from 25,000-50,000) in minutes of movement for kids according to the ‘Kids Movement Index’ released in November 2017 by GoNoodle.

The state of Arkansas ranked as the number three state with 77,399,506 minutes of movement. As part of its investments to make children and communities healthier tomorrow, Arkansas Children’s Hospital supports GoNoodle’s physical activity breaks statewide to ensure that daily opportunities for activity are available to every elementary school classroom in the state.

The Kids Movement Index ranks top U.S. cities and states where elementary school-age children engaged in the most physical activity during the 2016-2017 school year through GoNoodle. The goal of the Kids Movement Index is to inspire communities, schools and teachers to champion more daily physical activity opportunities for today’s youth. The Kids Movement Index includes rankings of all 50 states and the top 10 metropolitan areas in three size categories (large, medium, and small markets).

View the rankings and full report here.

To celebrate this accomplishment, an event is being held at George Elementary School in Springdale, AR. Guests include Arkansas Children’s Hospital, GoNoodle, district, and community leaders, who will have the opportunity to see GoNoodle live in action.

“With over 14 million kids playing GoNoodle each month across all 50 states, we created the Kids Movement Index to help better understand how turning sedentary environments into active spaces positively impacts kids’ minutes of movement,” said Scott McQuigg, cofounder of GoNoodle. “We are pleased to see that for the second year in a row, Arkansas and its cities are leading the way. We are proud of the work that we have done in partnership with Arkansas Children’s Hospital to make a significant impact on the health of kids in Arkansas.”

The health of the 200,000 children living in Northwest Arkansas continues to improve, as Arkansas Children’s Northwest recently opened its outpatient services at the new hospital located on I-49 off Don Tyson Parkway near Arvest Ballpark. The region’s first and only children’s hospital, ACNW will open inpatient and emergency services for families next month. System leaders believe that partnerships like GoNoodle are vital to children’s wellbeing.

"Taking care of children is more than a hospital or clinic visit," said Chanda Chacon, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Arkansas Children’s. "It’s our mission at Arkansas Children’s to champion children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow. Exercise and staying active are key parts of children’s health. We are excited to see how schools in Northwest Arkansas and across the state have embraced the GoNoodle curriculum and are having fun while getting fit!”

Methodology:
The Kids Movement Index is based upon the total minutes of kids’ movement on GoNoodle from August 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 (the 2016-2017 school year). Total minutes of movement is calculated as the amount of time GoNoodle is played in the classroom in a specific geographic area then divided by elementary-age kids population according to the National Center for Education Statistics for that given area; all data is in the aggregate and de-identified.

About GoNoodle:
About GoNoodle GoNoodle (launched in 2013), gets kids moving to be their smartest, strongest, bravest, silliest, bestest selves. GoNoodle is among the fastest adopted online resources used by elementary teachers; connecting movement, mindfulness and learning for their students. Delivering measurable gains in academics and health, GoNoodle’s 100’s of short interactive videos and games get kids moving throughout the school day, keeping them energized and focused, while introducing curricular topics, practicing mindfulness or just getting the wiggles out. GoNoodle supports teachers in optimizing learning opportunities while creating a joyful classroom. Currently, more than 14 million kids and over 650,000 teachers use GoNoodle each month. GoNoodle is used in 80% of U.S. public elementary schools in all 50 states and worldwide in 185 countries. Over 2 million families use GoNoodle at home, turning screen time into active time, either through gonoodle.com, apps for the iPhone and Apple TV and through the GoNoodle YouTube channel. Learn more at http://www.gonoodle.com

About Arkansas Children’s Hospital:
Arkansas Children’s, Inc. is the only health care system in the state solely dedicated to caring for children, which allows the organization to uniquely shape the landscape of pediatric care in Arkansas. The system includes a 336-bed hospital in Little Rock with the state’s only pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center, burn center, Level 4 neonatal intensive care and pediatric intensive care, and research institute as well as a nationally-recognized transport service. It is one of the 25 largest children’s hospitals in the United States and is nationally ranked by U.S. News World & Report in pulmonology, neonatal care, cardiology and heart surgery and urology. Arkansas Children’s Northwest Arkansas in Springdale includes 233,613 square feet of inpatient beds, emergency care, clinic rooms and diagnostic services. Arkansas Children’s also blankets the state with outreach programs that include telemedicine, mobile health and school-based health solutions. A private nonprofit, Arkansas Children’s boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking research and is committed to providing every child with access to the best care available, regardless of location or resources. Founded as an orphanage, Arkansas Children’s has championed children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow for more than 100 years. For more info, visit http://www.archildrens.org.

For more information about the Kids Movement Index, email matt.mccutchan@gonoodle.com

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