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The fitness revolution: A video game makes gym class fun again

This article discusses how teacher Helge Ziazie used a grant from the Governor’s Challenge to purchase Dance Dance Revolution equipment, free weights, an outdoor climbing wall and stationary bicycles that connect to PlayStation consoles for Marvin Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles. She uses the equipment with students in gym class and also opens the gym during the free periods before and after school. To accommodate the new equipment, the school emptied out a bungalow on campus, which has officially become its new exercise room. In addition to using the equipment in gym class, Ziazie also opens the gym during the free periods before and after school.

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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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