GoNoodle releases the 2016 Kids Movement Index—its reportedly first-ever ranking of top US cities and states where children are most physically active.

The 2016 Kids Movement Index ranks the top US cities and states where elementary school-age children took part in the most physical activity during the 2015-16 school year through GoNoodle. It includes all 50 states and 10 metropolitan areas in three size categories (small, medium, and large).

According to the rankings, Austin, Tex, Louisville, Ky, and Nashville, Tenn, are tops among the large US cities for kids physical activity, and Arkansas, North Dakota, and Kentucky are the leading states in terms of minutes of movement, per a media release from GoNoodle.

Little Rock, Ark, Columbia, SC, and Charleston, SC, rank top in medium-size cities, and Fayetteville, Ark, Lexington, Ky, and Lincoln, Neb, rank top in small markets, the release continues.

The 2016 Kids Movement Index is based upon the over 3 billion minutes of physical activity children earned on GoNoodle between August 3, 2015, and May 31, 2016. Minutes of movement are broken down by state and city (CBSAs) with the latter, segmented according to their respective sizes of their elementary student population: large (more than 100,000), mid-size (between 50,000 and 100,000) and small (between 25,000 and 50,000). The total minutes of kids’ movement is calculated as the amount of time GoNoodle is played in the classroom or at home, the release explains.

GoNoodle, designed to help kids incorporate movement into their day, features short, interactive videos and games, and activities such as dancing, stretching, and running. According to the release, GoNoodle is used in a large number of schools to keep children engaged and active.

For more information, visit GoNoodle.

[Source(s): GoNoodle, PR Newswire]