Texarkana Area Schools Celebrate over 4,500,000 Minutes of Physical Activity

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CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System helps students move, improve performance; families can sign up for free and keep moving at home all summer.

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“Creating a healthy community begins with helping kids gain the knowledge, skills, ability, and confidence to make health choices and adopt healthy behaviors,” said Chris Karam, President/CEO of CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System.

Students in Texarkana area elementary schools are celebrating the incredible milestone of over 4,500,000 minutes of physical activity documented with GoNoodle this school year. Students from Spring Lake Park Elementary School, Texarkana, TX, celebrated their activity achievement in a year-end pep rally on Thursday, May 10.

For the current school year, 83 schools in Bowie, Cass, Morris, and Red River Counties participated in GoNoodle’s online movement videos to get kids moving -- running, jumping, dancing, stretching, and practicing mindfulness for 3 to 5 minutes at a time all while helping teachers create a great classroom environment. The program is sponsored by CHRISTUS St. Michael, and approximately 1,000 teachers and 22,000 students have participated in or had access to GoNoodle, inspiring the 4,500,000 minutes of activity.

GoNoodle is an online suite of interactive movement videos. It helps teachers motivate and engage students with 3-5 minute moderate to vigorous exercises they can perform next to their desks. Through increased movement in the classroom, these elementary students are not only improving their health but also boosting their cognitive processing, focus and academic performance.

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 CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, GoNoodle is helping Texarkana area students accumulate vital movement minutes with entertaining experiences that feature high-energy dance music, fitness routines, virtual field trips and physical challenges.

Kids and parents are also increasingly using GoNoodle at home turning screen time into active time. Parents can sign up for a free account and log in from home – providing a new outlet for summer activity.

“Creating a healthy community begins with helping kids gain the knowledge, skills, ability, and confidence to make health choices and adopt healthy behaviors,” said Chris Karam, President/CEO of CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System. “Partnering with CHRISTUS St. Michael, GoNoodle, provides easy-to-use tools and methodology for teachers to incorporate into the classroom setting.  Better choices are re-enforced for students via fun, interactive lessons. In addition, through the CHRISTUS St. Michael sponsorship, students and parents can access additional GoNoodle activities online.”

To use GoNoodle, teachers need to have a computer with an Internet connection and a shared screen such as a projector or interactive white board. Texarkana-area teachers in the sponsored schools have access to over 300 online movement videos, including exclusive GoNoodle PLUS videos that bring movement and core-subjects together to develop fluency in grade-specific math and ELA topics. These short movement videos incorporate kinesthetic and active learning principles by closely tying movement with core content. Both energizing and calming videos are available to help teachers channel kids’ energy for good while incorporating math, spelling and vocabulary.

Thanks to the sponsorship by CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, teachers, kids and parents can access GoNoodle for free by visiting http://www.gonoodle.com.

About CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System

CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System is nestled within over 128 acres of oak, pine, and dogwood trees along Interstate 30 in Texarkana, Texas. Its central location in Northeast Texas allows CHRISTUS St. Michael to serve residents of Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.
CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System includes a 311-bed acute care hospital, the 50-bed CHRISTUS St. Michael Rehabilitation Hospital, the 43-bed CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital – Atlanta, the W. Temple Webber Cancer Center, CHRISTUS St. Michael Imaging Center, CHRISTUS St. Michael Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, CHRISTUS St. Michael Day Rehabilitation; CHRISTUS St. Michael Wound Care Center; CHRISTUS St. Michael Health & Fitness Center, CHRISTUS St. Michael Outpatient Rehabilitation Center – Atlanta, CHRISTUS St. Michael Health & Fitness Center-Atlanta, and more.
Established in 1916 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word as Michael Meagher Memorial Hospital, CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System focuses on the mission of “Extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.” CHRISTUS St. Michael offers comprehensive services ranging from specialized care for women and a Level III NICU to comprehensive cancer and heart services. CHRISTUS St. Michael is a recognized regional leader for general surgery, heart care, heart surgery, vascular surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, and cancer care. The Emergency Department, a Level III Trauma Center, treats an average of over 63,000 patients a year, more than any area ED.
The hospital provides quality, patient-centered care through programs such as our dedicated Primary Stoke Center recognized with The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™ for Stroke; the Center for Joint Replacement, also recognized with The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™ for Joint Replacement – Hip and Joint Replacement – Knee, and more.
CHRISTUS St. Michael is the region’s only NICHE designated hospital, demonstrating its commitment to elder care excellence, and only ACR designated Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.

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.

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