Mercy Health and Mercy Health - Children’s Hospital Launch Partnership with GoNoodle to get Northwest Ohio Kids Moving More at School and Home

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Using GoNoodle’s movement videos and games elementary students in nine northwest Ohio counties (Defiance, Fulton, Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Erie and Huron) are getting active in classrooms throughout the school day. Mercy Health and Mercy Health - Children’s Hospital, are supporting the use of GoNoodle Plus for 249 public and private elementary schools and more than 97,000 elementary aged children throughout nine northwest Ohio counties over the next three years.

“Mercy Health is committed to helping our community thrive – mind, body and spirit – and so it only made sense to work with GoNoodle to bring this innovative program to our area schools.” said Bob Baxter, vice president, Mercy Health and president and CEO, Mercy Health – Toledo.

A new initiative has elementary students across nine northwest Ohio counties participating in movement and mindfulness in their classrooms. With funding from Mercy Health and Mercy Health - Children’s Hospital, 249 area public and private elementary schools will be using GoNoodle’s online movement videos to get kids running, jumping, dancing, stretching, and participating in calming activities next to their desks. This partnership with GoNoodle is expanding upon Mercy Health’s leadership of fostering healthy communities and focus on prevention across the entire northwest Ohio region.

Building on the success of Mercy Health’s initiative with GoNoodle in Putnam, Allen, and Auglaize counties, Mercy Health is helping to expand this program to more than 5,600 elementary classrooms across these nine additional counties. Teachers will now have access to GoNoodle’s premium version, GoNoodle PLUS, which brings movement and mindfulness together with core-subjects to develop fluency in grade-specific math and English Language Arts (ELA) topics. With GoNoodle PLUS teachers have the ability to customize GoNoodle content, which further supports their lesson plans and the academic goals of the classroom.

“Mercy Health is committed to helping our community thrive – mind, body and spirit – and so it only made sense to work with GoNoodle to bring this innovative program to our area schools.” said Bob Baxter, vice president, Mercy Health and president and CEO, Mercy Health – Toledo. “GoNoodle is another tool for our teachers to help our community’s children build successful lives defined by learning and wellbeing. Together, we can inspire our children’s minds while offering them a little bit of fun, too.”

GoNoodle maximizes the scientific connection between physical activity, social and emotional health and better learning with hundreds of short videos and games that get kids moving. Grounded in research, use of GoNoodle delivers improvements in behavior, focus, academic performance and health.

Jeff Dempsey, president and CEO of Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center and Mercy Health – Children’s Hospital understands that serving the whole community requires Mercy Health to reach families outside the hospital walls. In particular, Mercy Health is working at being a conduit to help northwest Ohio’s youngest community members create healthy habits at an early age. “Mercy Health – Children’s Hospital offers a space for children to heal but we know our best weapon in the fight against illness is prevention.” Jeff said. “GoNoodle helps strengthen the minds and bodies of our children. Mercy Health is excited to be a part of this project.”

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. Together with Mercy Health and Mercy Health - Children’s Hospital, GoNoodle is helping students accumulate vital minutes of physical activity with entertaining experiences that feature high-energy dance music, fitness routines, virtual field trips and physical challenges. Studies show with increased movement in the classroom, elementary students are not only improving their health but also boosting their cognitive processing, focus and academic performance.

"Regular physical activity is critically important to the healthy development of kids. And, we know healthy kids do better in school,” said Scott McQuigg, Co-Founder of GoNoodle. “Teachers are using the power of movement to improve student performance, and parents are using GoNoodle to turn screen time into active time. Thanks to the generous support of Mercy Health and Mercy Children’s Hospital, kids are moving and learning more with GoNoodle.”

To use GoNoodle, teachers need to have a computer with an Internet connection and a shared screen such as a projector or interactive whiteboard. At home, kids can create and customize their accounts (with parent verification), and get playing GoNoodle online, on mobile, or on Apple TV. Thanks to a generous community contribution by Mercy Health and Mercy Health - Children’s Hospital teachers, parents and kids will have access to GoNoodle Plus for free by signing up at

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, apps for the iPhone and Apple TV and through the GoNoodle YouTube channel. Learn more at

About Mercy Health and Mercy Health - Children’s Hospital
Mercy Health — Toledo is a seven hospital system serving Toledo, Tiffin, Defiance and Willard. We proudly provide healthcare services for a 20-county area in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. We are part of Mercy Health, the largest health system in Ohio and fourth largest employer.

Since establishing Toledo’s first hospital in 1855, Mercy Health continues to honor our Mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus by improving the health of our communities, with an emphasis on our neighbors who are poor and under-served.

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For Mercy Health and Mercy Health - Children’s Hospital:
Erica Blake
Integrated Marketing Communications Manager

For GoNoodle:
Lexington Public Relations
Suki Mulberg Altamirano

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