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Friday, September 17, 2010

Children's brain development is linked to physical fitness, research finds

9-17-10: Another reason for kids to be physically fit! I wonder what would happen if you added mental stimulation--like what you get when you play exergames--into the mix? That would be an interesting research study! Hmmmm...

Children's brain development is linked to physical fitness, research finds

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Review article on active video games

9-8-10: Just rec'd a PDF of this review article entitled, "Active video games to promote physical activity in children and youth", by Elaine Biddis and Jennifer Irwin. It came out in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescence Medicine, 2010; 164(7):664-672.

The objective of this study was to "...systematically review levels of metabolic expenditure and changes in activity pattenrs associated wtih active video game (AVG) play in children and to provide directions for future research efforts." This covered published studies spanning Jan. 1, 1998 to Jan. 1, 2010.

If you'd like a copy of this study via PDF, send me an e-mail at ernie@medplaytech.com.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

TEN rolls out comprehensive exergaming rating system!!!

9-7-10: On Monday, The Exergame Network rolled out a press release announcing the newly developed and most comprehensive exergaming rating system to date. Created by a group of exergaming experts from around the world, this system looks at the whole "experience" and not just one or two factors.

This will help consumers, parents, fitness trainer, healthcare practitioners, and others who either are recommending exergames to their patients/clients or trying to make a choice for themselves.

You can see the whole rating system HERE.

Check it out and give me your feedback!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Rating system; dent in peds obesity?

9-3-10: Interesting article by the Opposing View on the need for a rating system for exergaming and if it can put a dent in the peds obesity epidemic. Be sure to read the comment section for the ANSWER to these questions!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

China's Lenovo to launch game console!

9-1-10: Thx to our Hong Kong Exergaming Evangelist, Robin M., for bringing this to our attention! Read about China's game console that will use gesture control! Read more about it HERE.