In the fight against childhood obesity, West Virginia may be onto something. Education officials are incorporating a video game into the public school's P.E. curriculum and already, the kids are scoring better when it comes to their health. It's an interactive video game and you can't win unless you get up and move.
"This is rather unique, the very thing that has been blamed for being part of the problem being used now as part of solution. In just 12 short weeks these children demonstrated significant improvements in the way their arteries respond to blood flow with exercise," said Linda Carson, an exercise researcher.
The WVU study finds overweight youngsters who played the game at least half an hour five days a week showed improved blood vessel function. Even among the kids who did not lose weight, researchers say their fitness level improved and so did their self esteem and attitude toward exercise.