Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas Gets Austin Area Students Moving and Learning with GoNoodle®

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Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas is funding GoNoodle for use in 133 Austin ISD, Round Rock ISD, and Hays ISD elementary schools as part of its effort to transform the health of kids and families in the Austin area.

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Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas gets Austin-area students moving and learning with GoNoodle

“Dell Children’s is proud to support Austin ISD, Round Rock ISD, and Hays ISD in promoting healthy lifestyles for every child,” said Craig Cordola, President and CEO Ascension Texas.

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas has partnered with GoNoodle to get over 78,000 kids in Austin area elementary schools moving more at school and at home. 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. GoNoodle’s movement and mindfulness videos get kids up and moving with purpose in the classroom and at home - turning screen time into active time. Research has shown that participating in activities like GoNoodle not only improves physical health, but also improves academic performance and decreases behavior issues. Additionally, moving together with classmates creates community in the classroom which creates a positive environment for learning.

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas is fully funding the cost of GoNoodle's premium version, GoNoodle Plus, for three years for all 133 public elementary schools in Austin ISD, Round Rock ISD, and Hays ISD. The goal of the partnership is to increase physical activity among kids by providing access to GoNoodle’s hundreds of movement and mindfulness videos. Teachers will also have access to GoNoodle Plus which includes additional games and learning extensions that bring movement and core-subjects together to develop fluency in grade-specific math and ELA topics. With GoNoodle Plus, Austin-area elementary teachers have the ability to customize GoNoodle content, which further supports their lesson plans and academic goals of the classroom.

“Dell Children’s is proud to support Austin ISD, Round Rock ISD, and Hays ISD in promoting healthy lifestyles for every child,” said Craig Cordola, President and CEO Ascension Texas. “Through GoNoodle, Dell Children’s is providing teachers and students in over 133 of our local elementary schools access to an interactive tool encouraging physical activity and brain breaks which are research-based strategies for improving academic achievement.”

Together with Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, GoNoodle is helping local students get vital minutes of physical activity with entertaining experiences that feature high-energy dance music, fitness routines, virtual field trips and physical challenges. Over 14 million kids play GoNoodle each month, generating over six billion minutes of movement in the past year alone.

“Our partnership with Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas is a powerful example of how local communities can invest in their future by putting kids first,” said KC Estenson, CEO of GoNoodle. “Teachers and students need all the resources they can get and we’re proud that GoNoodle can help them reach their goals both in the classroom and at home.”

To use GoNoodle, teachers need a computer with an internet connection and a shared screen such as a projector or interactive whiteboard. Kids can access the same GoNoodle content at home online, on ios or Android devices and through Apple TV. Teachers, parents and kids can sign up for a free account at gonoodle.com. Courtesy of Dell Children’s, public elementary school teachers, parents and kids in the three district coverage areas will have free access to GoNoodle Plus when they sign up.

About Ascension Texas

In Texas, Ascension operates Providence Healthcare Network and Seton Healthcare Family, which includes Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, the region’s only comprehensive children’s hospital and pediatric Level I trauma center, and Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, the region’s only Level I trauma center for adults. Seton partners with Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, and shares a common vision of transforming healthcare through a focus on quality and value. Serving Texas for 115 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating more than 2,600 sites of care – including 151 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Visit http://www.dellchildrens.net, http://www.providence.net and http://www.seton.net.

About GoNoodle

GoNoodle gets kids moving to be their smartest, strongest, bravest, silliest, bestest selves. GoNoodle’s 100s of short interactive videos and games get kids moving throughout the day, keeping them energized and focused, while introducing curricular topics, practicing mindfulness or just getting the wiggles out. It is one of the fastest adopted tech resources and is proven to deliver measurable gains in academic performance and student health. Over 14 million kids move to GoNoodle each month. It is used in 4 out of 5 U.S. public elementary schools in all 50 states and worldwide in 185 countries. 2 million families play GoNoodle at home, turning screen time into active time, through gonoodle.com, apps for iPhone, Android and Apple TV and through the GoNoodle YouTube channel. Learn more at http://www.gonoodle.com.

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