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Let’s get physical … with video games

This article in the Modesto Bee, by Tony Hicks, talks about exergaming and discusses the American Academy of Pediatrics statement that playing video games can be considered exercise, especially in the case of Wii Sports and Konami’s Dance Dance Revolution, in which users perform the same actions they want their virtual counterparts to perform. It also reports that, according to Dr. Michael Rich, the director of the Center for Media and Children’s Health at Children’s Hospital in Boston, exergaming is beneficial because it keeps kids in a culture of movement as opposed to a culture of inactivity.

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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.