GoNoodle Gets West Tenn. Students Moving

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DENMARK, Tenn.– West Tennessee students get moving during the school day thanks to GoNoodle, an interactive website that allows kids to get up out of their seat. “They need those breaks during the day to get their wiggles out sometimes and sometimes to refocus,” Brittney Tims, a teacher at Denmark Elementary School, said. GoNoodle includes interactive activity breaks designed to get kids moving next to their desk during the school day. “Actual physical activity improves and fuels learning, so students who play GoNoodle are more focused,” Reagan Brown, Vice President of Business Development at GoNoodle, said. “They achieve more and they’re actually better behaved.” GoNoodle said more than 400 teachers in 23 elementary schools in Chester, Crockett, and Madison County now have access to the site for three years free of charge thanks to funding from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. “If kids learn to be healthier as they’re children, they will grow up to be healthier adults,” BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Communications Specialist Gary Turner said. The district said GoNoodle activities reinforce what instructors teach in the classroom. “They can come in and they can refocus on what we’re doing, and they can be focused with me and ready to learn,” Tims said. The district said state law mandates students in Tennessee get a minimum of 90 minutes per week of physical activity. GoNoodle is used in all 50 states and in more than 100 countries. The company said it costs $99 a year per teacher.

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