Calcasieu Parish Schools Celebrate 5.5 Million Minutes of Physical Activity, Jefferson Davis Parish Schools Celebrate 700,000 Minutes of Physical Activity

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CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation and GoNoodle help students move, improve performance; families can sign up for free and keep moving at home all summer

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“When it comes to building healthy young bodies, movement matters. GoNoodle enables teachers and students to enjoy creative and fun activities together that keep kids moving and support academic success. For us it is a win-win”

Students in Calcasieu Parish and Jefferson Davis Parish elementary schools are celebrating the incredible milestone of 5.5 million minutes and 700,000 minutes, respectively, of physical activity documented with GoNoodle this school year.

GoNoodle is an online suite of interactive movement videos available for free to every Calcasieu and Jefferson Davis Parish elementary school classroom thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Children’s Miracle Network program at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation.

GoNoodle helps teachers motivate and engage with 3-5-minute moderate to vigorous exercises they can perform next to their desks. GoNoodle PLUS videos bring movement and core-subjects together to develop fluency in grade-specific Math and English Language Arts 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.

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 the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation, GoNoodle is helping Southwest Louisiana-area students accumulate vital movement minutes with entertaining experiences that feature high-energy dance music, fitness routines, virtual field trips and physical challenges. 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.
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.

“We love our partnership with GoNoodle,” says Kay Barnett, CFRE, Executive Director of Development for CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation. “When it comes to building healthy young bodies, movement matters. GoNoodle enables teachers and students to enjoy creative and fun activities together that keep kids moving and support academic success. For us it is a win-win”, says Barnett.

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. Southwest Louisiana-area teachers in the sponsored schools have access to over 300 online movement videos.

Thanks to the sponsorship by CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation, teachers, kids and parents can access GoNoodle for free by visiting

About CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation supports the efforts of CHRISTUS St. Patrick Health System and CHRISTUS Lake Area Hospital in bringing healthcare and wellness programs and services to Southwest Louisiana through in-Hospital initiatives as well as school-based efforts like 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, apps for the iPhone and Apple TV and through the GoNoodle YouTube channel. Learn more at

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