GoNoodle: Palmetto Health Tuomey invests in local classrooms to improve student engagement and promote good health
A group of wiggly preschoolers at Kingsbury Elementary School and a cartoon character named Maximo stole the show Monday during a demonstration of GoNoodle – an online resource that uses physical activity to improve student engagement and promote good health.
To view photos of Monday's event, click here (Facebook album).
The event showcased a major investment by Palmetto Health into the schools of Sumter County: GoNoodle has been a part of Palmetto Health’s ongoing community outreach to combat childhood obesity since 2013 and was expanded to Sumter after the merger with Tuomey Healthcare System. The system paid for a subscription to GoNoodle for every public and private elementary classroom in the county. Palmetto Health has invested nearly $490,000 in these programs since 2010.
GoNoodle is an interactive resource used to increase students’ physical activity and improve academic performance through what it calls “brain breaks.” It helps increase energy and focus while improving classroom behavior, using energetic activities that can be played on an interactive whiteboard, projector or computer screen. Its website says the program “gets 10 million kids moving to be their strongest, bravest, silliest, smartest, bestest selves.”
Palmetto Health Tuomey Chief Operating Office Michelle Logan-Owens told the crowd of educators and health care team members at Monday's celebration that “we are committed to promoting the health and well-being of all those we serve, including the most vulnerable in our community – the children. Over the past decade, Palmetto Health has tithed more than $50 million of its bottom line and invested those dollars into community-based programs. We are proud to share this gift with 14 schools in Sumter County.”
She noted that children have a “natural yearning for physical activity” and said it’s our responsibility to support that yearning and help them “lead a lifetime of happy and healthy living.”
“Children need to be active every day to promote healthy growth and development,” she said. “Physical activity also promotes better self-esteem; stronger bones, muscles and joints; better posture and balance; a stronger heart; a healthier weight range; social interaction; and better focus during school. It also helps to reduce the risk of developing diabetes and other chronic diseases, reduces feelings of depression or anxiety, and enhances the brain’s metabolism, which can improve memory.”
Kingsbury Elementary Principal Phillip Jackson said that “strong community partnerships are vital to our success in education.”
“Our students and teachers routinely participate in GoNoodle activities … they keep students engaged, focused and ready to learn, and the students truly love the experience.”
Vince Ford, Palmetto Health’s chief community health services officer, said, “We want to have students more active and engaged. We need to make sure that the actions that we take indicate we want our students to have a healthy future. This is Palmetto Health Tuomey’s investment in our schools and our children.”
Teachers who are already using GoNoodle love how easy it is to use and say they can already see a difference in their students’ focus and concentration.
Kingsbury’s Alyssa Gibbs, a preschool teacher at Kingsbury, calls GoNoodle “fantastic!”
“By using my Promethean board, my preschool children can access loads of songs. We use specific channels for music, indoor recess and just getting those wiggles out,” she said. “The children love choosing their ‘champ’ and watching him grow through exercise and healthy choices. They feel stronger and successful each time we enter the ‘Transmogrifier.’ It is loads of fun!”
Teachers can sign up for free at gonoodle.com. For more information about Palmetto Health Tuomey, visit our website at PalmettoHealth.org/Tuomey.