They were told, “Get up and move,” and they did. More than
5,000 students at 23 local elementary schools are celebrating their achievement
of one million minutes of physical activity during the school day since
the start of the 2014 school year, through the GoNoodle program sponsored
by Bozeman Health.
In celebration of Gallatin Valley students' achievement of one million
physical activity minutes, GoNoodle and Bozeman Health visited Teacher
Meghan Powell's third grade class at Hawthorne
Elementary, a school, and class, with one of the highest participation
rates in the region.
GoNoodle helps teachers engage and motivate students with three to five
minutes of moderate to vigorous entertaining exercises performed in the
classroom that feature high-energy dance music, fitness routines, virtual
field trips and physical challenges. Nearly 200 local teachers now use
the program, which Bozeman Health has sponsored for the past three years.
Research shows that short bursts of movement throughout the day improve
students’ overall health, behavior, focus and cognition. GoNoodle
helps students develop faster cognitive processing, increase their focus
and improve their academic performance. An independent study found that,
nationwide, students who played GoNoodle’s Mega Math Marathon in
the 2014-15 school year showed a 50% greater improvement in math scores
over students who did not play.
With childhood obesity a leading health issue affecting kids, including
physical activity during the school day has become more important than
ever. According to the CDC, only one-quarter of youth meet the current
recommendation of at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical
activity per day.