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The obesity rate is predicted to rise – let active games help

As we all know obesity continues to be a major public health problem.  A very scientific study in the PLoS Computational Biology Journal predicts that 42% of the US population will be obese by the year 2050, which is a significant increase from the current rate of approximately 34%.  The authors of the study say that while their prediction is not great it is a much more optimistic estimate than 100%.

Given this prediction, it is absolutely critical that we get children to exercise more. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation Study in a typical day, 8- to 18-year-olds spend an average of 1:13 hours playing video games on any of several platforms. So in order to get gets to exercise more, we need to tap into this time. We need to get them up off the couch and get them playing active games. With the release of the Microsoft Kinect this week and the Sony Move last month, along with the popular Nintendo Wii, there is no excuse anymore for playing sedentary video games. There has to be something out there that appeals to everyone.

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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.