GoNoodle program promotes physical activity, mindfulness

— First-grade students at A.A. Nelson Elementary School closed their books and quickly spread out around the classroom recently when their teacher gave the word.

It was GoNoodle time, a time when talking and moving around is not just allowed, but encouraged.

GoNoodle is an international program that promotes physical activity and mindfulness in the classroom. Children’s Miracle Network has funded GoNoodle in Calcasieu Parish schools for 3 1/2 years. It also began funding the program at Jeff Davis Parish schools this fall and hopes to expand to all five parishes.

“I want every one of them to have GoNoodle — that’s my mission,” said Children’s Miracle Network Director Cara Wyland.

Since students don’t have recess every day any more, they have to sit in place for hours at a time if they don’t have a program like GoNoodle, Wyland said.
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