Eat & Move-O-Matic

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Importance of exercise

According to this December 3, 2009, Science Daily report, adults who are fit have a higher IQ and are more likely to go on to a university. The results were recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The study involved 1.2 million Swedish men doing military service who were born between 1950 and 1976. The research group analysed the results of both physical and IQ tests when the men enrolled. The study shows a clear link between good physical fitness and better results for the IQ test. And it is only fitness that plays a role in the results for the IQ test, and not strength. Being fit means that you have good heart and lung capacity and that your brain gets plenty of oxygen. Another study has also shown that young adults who improve their physical fitness between the ages of 15 and 18 increase their cognitive performance, therefore reinforcing that importance should be placed on physical education in schools if we want students to do well in other academic subjects, I think at any age, not just between 15 and 18.

Video gaming can also help increase physical activity. P.E. in schools is one way to keep kids active, but we can’t always add extra P.E. time in a day, so as parents, educators, and health professionals look for avenues to increase children’s activity levels, exergaming can provide an excellent option. Exergames are a way to stimulate our children’s minds as well as their bodies.

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© 2013. NMSU Board of Regents. All rights reserved. This project was supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture through the National Research Initiative (Grant #2008-55215-18837).

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The Exergames Unlocked project includes a multi-state team of accomplished media education researchers, exercise physiologists, medical professionals and doctoral students. Contributing members are researchers in their fields and have helped launch the use of exergames as tools to combat obesity in their communities and beyond. New Mexico State University researchers and their partners have been funded to research the impact of exergames, develop specific recommendations for exergame use, and implement exergaming programs. As part of that project, this website provides access to resources based on research, sample projects, and input from the exergaming community. For more information, contact the project director: Dr. Barbara Chamberlin, Professor, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service
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Why Exergames Unlocked? Exergames are videogames that encourage physical activity. Here, you’ll find the best and most effective exergames, as well as strategies and recommendations on using them with different audiences and in different locations.