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What’s the best gaming workout for kids?

Researchers at the College of Staten Island (CSI) are trying to find the best gaming workout that can be done in the minimum amount of time, while still keeping kids engaged, by measuring the energy expenditure of girls ages 8 to 13 while using the Nintendo Wii Fit. The purpose of the study, which focuses on girls since they have a higher obesity rate than boys, is to be able to educate parents and people in the physical education field about how to utilize active video games to add to the daily physical activity of children.

CSI’s Physical Therapy Doctoral Program is also planning further studies, which will compare the Wii Fit to XBox Kinect system and will look at similar games on each system, for example Zumba Wii and Zumba Kinect, to see which offers the greatest energy expenditure. The school also is hoping to conduct similar studies with boys in the future.

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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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