By: Angel Bourdon, Palmetto Health
Did you know that South Carolina is ranked in the top 10 in the nation for obesity? What’s even more alarming is this rate of obesity continues to climb significantly each year. These trends are not only evident among the adult population, but children are leading increasingly sedentary lifestyles focused on video games and other forms of recreation that don’t require movement. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity everyday, but the data shows that most children only are active for less than 20.
In thinking about our state’s ranking and health of our population, it is critically important in how we educate our children and prepare them to make better health and wellness choices. I’m proud to be a member of the Palmetto Health team, where investing in our children is a key strategy in making our community healthier. Thanks to the Palmetto Health board and leadership team, a popular online resource for South Carolina educators called GoNoodle is being used to encourage physical activity both in the classroom and at home.
GoNoodle is a website with games and videos that gets children dancing, stretching, running and moving throughout the day. While projected on a whiteboard in the classroom, a computer, mobile device or TV at home, GoNoodle will get kids up and moving through interactive activities.
This past year alone, South Carolina students in Richland One, Two and Sumter School districts have generated more than 11.6 million minutes of movement in GoNoodle! Students are having a blast using GoNoodle! I’ve enjoyed seeing from Pre-K to City Year elementary school volunteers sing and dance along with the videos in GoNoodle.
At Palmetto Health, we are passionate about our students and love what GoNoodle has done for them! GoNoodle helps children receive the physical activity they need to improve their bodies and brains, while also making a positive impact on their behavior, concentration and academic performance.
If you haven’t used GoNoodle, I encourage you to visit www.gonoodle.com to sign-up and learn more about this excellent tool!