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Friday, February 5, 2010

Feds get into gaming for tween health!

2-5-10: Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra hosted a workshop with 31 experts (including Digitalmill's Ben Sawyer and Beth Bryant, and UCSB's Debra Lieberman) to gather insight from leading experts in the fields of gaming and technology to inform the development of a nutrition game-design challenge. The Feds will be launching a challenge to come up with videogames that can get "tweens" (ages 9-12) eating better and moving more! Wow!!!

I wonder if Duke's Dr. David Katz and Nuval will be involved with this challenge. That is a great metric for nutrition games. Also, Dr. Roy Vartabedian's Nutripoints would also work as a great metric for a nutrition game. Both consist of databases of food ratings.

You can read more about it at Office of Science and Technology blog. Stay tuned for the official announcement of the challenge, said to be coming out in a couple of weeks!

1 comment:

Exergamer said...

Great initiative with some familiar faces from the Serious Games, G4H and Exergaming community involved. This is a wonderful opportunity to show how the solution offered by the genre's of gaming/health/fitness can work to facilitate REAL lifestyle change. I wish everyone well who is involved in the project :)