Published on April 06, 2014

St. Vincent’s Foundation Sponsors Physical Fitness Curriculum that brings Olympian to Jacksonville

The event was featured in an episode of Duval County Public Schools’ “Real School!” on WJCT, the local PBS affiliate.

The GoNoodle story comes up at about 14:40

Northeast Florida students are getting a lot more active these days, thanks to a sponsorship by St. Vincent’s HealthCare, Florida Blue and CSX. With childhood obesity still the leading health issue affecting kids, Jacksonville area schools are using GoNoodle, interactive physical activity breaks designed to get kids up and moving during the school day.

Each GoNoodle physical activity break is designed to provide students 3-5 minutes of physical activity right in the classroom. Short bursts of physical activity are proven to have positive health benefits and improve student engagement, behavior and achievement.

A friendly competition among various schools began in January to challenge teachers and students to implement exercise.   Carter G. Woodson Elementary won the GoNoodle contest by generating 81,582 minutes of in-classroom physical activity.  To reward the students and teachers for winning the GoNoodle “Be a Champ” contest, Olympic Silver Medalist Hyleas Fountain (Beijing 2008) joined students as they played GoNoodle during a school-wide assembly in February.

In addition to the track and field game, GoNoodle includes dancing, stretching, and even calming exercises, along with games that incorporate spelling, vocabulary and math with physical activity. Because of our sponsorship of this program, Jacksonville-area teachers have access to GoNoodle at no cost.

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