Published on September 21, 2015

Passport Health Plan & Owensboro Health Bring GoNoodle Plus Educational Program Into More Western Kentucky Schools

Passport Health Plan and Owensboro Health are expanding their sponsorship of GoNoodle and bringing the educational health program into elementary schools in Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, McLean, and Muhlenberg counties. The two organizations have been sponsoring the use of GoNoodle in Daviess County elementary schools since August 2014.

GoNoodle Plus is an interactive resource used in classrooms to increase students’ physical activity and improve their academic performance and is being made available for use in public and private elementary schools, as well as in students’ homes. GoNoodle’s online physical activity breaks make it easy for teachers and parents to get kids moving, which improves their behavior, focus, and engagement.

“Teaching children the importance of living active lives is critical to our mission to improve the health of the communities we serve,” says Owensboro Health President and CEO Philip Patterson. “We are proud to partner with Passport Health Plan to offer the GoNoodle program in our elementary schools. This is a fantastic opportunity to start life-long healthy habits for generations to come.”

The public is invited to an official announcement and demonstrations of GoNoodle as it is already being used in the schools. Representatives of Passport Health Plan, Owensboro Health, GoNoodle, and more will be in attendance.

WHAT:    Official announcement and demonstration of GoNoodle

WHEN:    10 a.m. Central Time, Wednesday, September 23

WHERE:   Jesse Stuart Elementary School 710 Anton Road Madisonville, Kentucky 42431

INVITED:  The event is open to all members of the news media and the public.

Passport Health Plan is a provider-sponsored, non-profit, community-based Medicaid health plan serving more than 200,000 people around Kentucky. Named the #19 Medicaid health plan in the United States and the top Medicaid plan ranked in Kentucky by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for 2014-15, Passport has been contracted with Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services to administer Medicaid benefits since 1997 and has been serving the entire Commonwealth since January 1, 2014. For more information, go online to passporthealthplan.com.

GoNoodle is an online resource for elementary school teachers to improve student engagement and youth health through physical activity breaks. Helping to increase energy and focus while improving classroom behavior, GoNoodle’s activities can be played on an interactive whiteboard, projector or computer screen. More than 6 million kids use GoNoodle physical activity breaks each month. Teachers can sign up for free at gonoodle.com.

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering; Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprised of over 200 providers at more than 20 locations; three outpatient Healthplex facilities, a certified medical fitness facility, the Healthpark; a surgical weight loss center and program, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center.

On average each year, we have 16,000 inpatient admissions, deliver 2,000 babies and provide the region’s only Level III NICU. Owensboro Health physicians perform nearly 24,000 surgical procedures, including nearly 200 open-heart surgeries. Our physicians and staff have 70,000 Emergency Department visits, more than a million outpatient visits annually. Visit our home page for more information.