GoNoodle Keeps Kids Active During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Staying the course during the unpredictable events of 2020 was a challenge for non-profit organizations across the globe. Holding true to one’s mission and vision while focusing on new and effective ways to reach the community was a common theme.

The experience at Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) was no different.

As the COVID-19 pandemic became a reality in early 2020, families in our community started to suffer tragic losses. Many of our neighbors faced unemployment. When schools closed, parents became full-time teachers in addition to keeping bills paid and food on the table. The list goes on.

At YRMC, decisions were made to shift our community outreach priority to the families, children and young adults we serve. We felt it was one of the many ways we could stay consistent with our communities’ needs.

In 2020, YRMC made charitable donations to the Humboldt Education Foundation’s Hungry Kids Project, Boys to Men Mentoring – North Central Arizona, Prescott Police Department’s Shop with a Cop, Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Arizona and Yavapai Big Brothers, Big Sisters, among many others.

In addition, YRMC’s continued sponsorship of GoNoodle for teachers, children and their families became more important than ever.

Many of our local teachers have found that GoNoodle’s fun, enriching online content brings movement and mindfulness into the classroom, boosting students’ productivity, improving behavior and helping to build confidence and community in the classroom.

However, during the months when schools were closed, more and more of our local parents started to rely on GoNoodle’s resources – including the videos, downloadables, and parent-focused blogs. GoNoodle became a refreshing and welcome addition to the school curriculum while parents were teaching their children at home. Just a few clicks can initiate a family dance party, offer the calming effect of a mindfulness video, or bring engaging information on how to stop the spread of germs. Screen time is turned into active time on laptops, phones and televisions.

In fact, in 2020, there was a 187% increase in GoNoodle home usage in Yavapai County.

Teachers continued to find creative ways to incorporate GoNoodle into their long-distance instruction as well. Even in 2020, teacher usage and the number of schools using GoNoodle grew. YRMC is pleased to have had the opportunity to help make our local parents’ and teachers’ days a bit easier – and perhaps our local kids’ days a bit more fun – during the COVID-19 pandemic through our continued sponsorship of GoNoodle. It’s one of the many ways we try, every day, to live out our commitment to the health of our communities.