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Want fitter kids? Hand over a video game

By Peter Wolchak
April 6, 2011

A study by University of Calgary researchers concluded that fitness video games often do a good job at improving the fitness levels of young players. The university tested grade 3 and 4 students on gym equipment before the study began and then had them play fitness video games such as golf and dancing. Students showed broad-based advances, with balance, for example, improving by 30 per cent. “We don’t believe we’re trying to encourage kids to play video games,” said researcher Larry Katz. “We think there is an obesity problem because of sedentary behaviour and what we’re hoping to do is to get kids who are involved with sedentary behaviour to be non-sedentary, to be active.”

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