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GoNoodle Interactive Website Helping Arkansas Children Become More Active

06.09.2016

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LITTLE ROCK, AR. (June 9, 2016) – Children in Arkansas are logging more minutes of physical activity than their peers in any other state in the nation, according to a report released today by GoNoodle, an interactive website that gets kids moving.

As part of its investments to make children and communities healthier tomorrow, Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) 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 by minutes of physical activity recorded using GoNoodle during the 2015-2016 school year. Arkansas stud

ents logged 68 million minutes of activity through the platform, both in the classroom and at home. That was enough activity to rank the state tops based on total population of elementary-age students between the ages of 5 and 12. (View data here.)

GoNoodle's city data underscores just how much activity Arkansas kids are getting through the system:

  • Little Rock ranked No. 1 for mid-sized cities.
  • Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers students helped garner the title of No. 1 small city.
  • Fort Smith followed as the No. 7 small city for participation based on population.

GoNoodle fosters short bursts of physical activity throughout the school day with video breaks that encourage kids to dance, stretch and briefly exercise, helping teachers keep students engaged, active and energized. Research shows that these brain breaks can improve behavior and learning.

In 2014, Arkansas Children's Hospital helped roll out GoNoodle to classrooms statewide as part of its commitment to improve the health status of all kids and combat childhood obesity. The initiative also helps the state progress toward goals listed in Gov. Hutchinson's Healthy Active Arkansas plan, which include creating fitness opportunities in the school day.

"Arkansas kids love to run, jump and move between lessons at school," said Anna Strong, executive director of Child Advocacy and Public Health for Arkansas Children's Hospital. "We're proud of how they've embraced GoNoodle and are showing their friends across the nation just how much fun it is to be active. Arkansas Children's Hospital is determined to create even more opportunities to get kids moving and help them flourish."

"With over 10 million kids playing GoNoodle each month across all 50 states and in the top 200 U.S. cities, coupled with GoNoodle's real-time capture of minutes of physical activity, 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, CEO and cofounder of GoNoodle. "The index shows real progress in how teachers and parents are getting kids to incorporate minutes of movement into places not typically thought of as active spaces."

The CDC recommends that children get 60 minutes of physical activity a day, yet most children typically get less than 20 minutes. This is also reinforced by the recent White House "P​residential Proclamation -- National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, May 2016" and the 2​016 US National Physical Activity Plan, ​with the latter calling for more movement opportunities for kids each day. ​The growing prevalence of technology and screen-time has contributed to children leading increasingly sedentary lifestyles, yet research proves movement is essential for the healthy development of kids.

Methodology

The Kids Movement Index is based upon the over 3 billion minutes of physical activity children earned on GoNoodle between August 3, 2015 through May 31, 2016. Minutes of movement are broken down by state and city (CBSAs) with the latter segmented according to their respective sizes of their elementary student population: large (more than 100,000), mid-size (between 50,000 - 100,000) and small (between 25,000 - 50,000). The total minutes of kids movement is calculated as the amount of time GoNoodle is played in the classroom or at home. This will be an annual rankings report using a new method of measurement - minutes of physical activity.

View the rankings here http://about.gonoodle.com/2016kidsmovementindex/

About GoNoodle:
GoNoodle (launched in 2013), gets kids moving to be their smartest, strongest, bravest, silliest, bestest selves. Short, interactive movement videos and games make it awesomely simple and fun to incorporate movement into every part of the day with dancing, stretching, running and even mindfulness activities. At school, teachers use GoNoodle to keep students energized, engaged and active inside the classroom. At home, GoNoodle turns screen time into active time, so families can have fun and get moving together. Currently, more than 10 million kids and over 500,000 teachers worldwide use GoNoodle each month. GoNoodle is used in 75% of U.S. public elementary schools in all 50 states and in schools around the world in 175 countries (90% of countries on earth are GoNoodling!). Nearly 1.5 million families use GoNoodle at home either through the website or the recently released Apple TV app. Learn more at gonoodle.com.

About Arkansas Children's Hospital
Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas and one of the largest in the United States serving children from birth to age 21. Over the past century, ACH has grown from a small orphanage in Little Rock to a statewide network of care that includes an expansive pediatric teaching hospital and research institute, as well as regional clinics in several counties. ACH also reaches children across the state and nation through a range of telemedicine capabilities that ensures every child has access to the best care available, regardless of location or resources. The hospital's campus in Little Rock spans 36 city blocks and is licensed for 359 beds. ACH has a staff of 505 physicians, more than 200 residents in pediatrics and pediatric specialties and more than 4,000 employees. A campus under development in northwest Arkansas will bring 233,613 square feet of inpatient beds, clinic rooms and diagnostic services to children in that region of the state. A private nonprofit, ACH boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking research — all dedicated to fulfilling its mission of championing children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow. For more info, visit archildrens.org.

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