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Rotate stations for large group exergaming

Michelle Garza Every Thursday and Friday morning, physical education teachers Celsa Madrid and Michelle Weir move cafeteria tables out of the way and set up four gaming stations. Madrid and Weir work at Conlee Elementary in Las Cruces, NM, and they’ve devised a method for engaging an entire PE class using a few sets of […]

When bad weather strikes, stay physically active with exergames

Michelle Garza Let it snow, let it snow. It’s rare that weather is truly “frightful,” but when it’s cold and wet – or when it’s 100 degrees in the shade – it’s hard to get the exercise we need. Active games expand exercise opportunities during heat waves or persistent snow and rain. In 2011, the […]

Exergaming can engage students and parents at parent–teacher conferences

Michelle Garza Schools nationwide are using active video games, also known as exergames, to increase physical activity among students. One elementary school in Southern New Mexico has come up with a novel idea for using these games—taking exergaming in schools to a whole new level. Staff members at La Union Elementary, in Southern New Mexico, […]

Exergames or kickball? Idaho youth put both to a test

To compare the popular exergames,Nintendo Wii Tennis and Boxing, as well as DDR, to the traditional outdoor activities capture-the-flag and kickball, 16 boys and 9 girls wore pedometers to measure their step equivalencies while playing these games. The University of Idaho Extension study found that the youth took an average of 1171 steps while playing […]

Kids get moving with Walk-It Out

Jinny Gudmundsen details the incredible potential to engage youth in physical activity using the newer Wii game Walk-It Out. Gudmundsen adds that kids are surprised that they end up spending a longer time with this game than they realize, especially because this is a game based on walking. While the content may seem boring at […]

Game informer gets the straight story on Wii

Keith Nelson, a personal trainer, evaluates 5 popular Nintendo Wii fitness titles: Wii Fit, My Fitness Coach, Jillian Michaels’ Fitness Ultimatum 2009, EA Active and Gold’s Gym Cardio Workout. Read his reviews to get the good, the bad and his bottom line.

As good as the real thing?

To test the potential fitness benefits of playing Wii, to see if it is as good as playing the real sport (PDF format), a team of exercise scientists at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse Exercise and Health Program, recruited 16 volunteers, 8 men and 8 women, all between the ages of 20 to 29 […]

Comparison of exergames to other activities in an after-school program

Grace Wittman The Situation The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and My Pyramid recommend that children get 60 minutes of moderate level exercise each day. They also state that eating an 1800-calorie diet that includes foods from all the food groups is essential to a healthy child. Unfortunately, most children do not meet these recommendations. […]

Higher ed gets in the game: Exergames for college credit

Michelle Garza With the popularity of exergames growing, school PE programs, fitness centers, youth centers, and now colleges and universities are latching on to the trend. It is now possible to earn college credit for playing the Nintendo Wii. Traditional On Campus Program – University of Houston This fall the University of Houston began offering […]

Computer fitness gets approval

According to this article from the BBC News, Nintendo Wii Fit Plus is the first computer game to win approval from the Department of Health, and it will carry logos from the Change4Life campaign.

Funding Information

© 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?

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.