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Active Video Games Fall Short for Kids

In laboratory-based studies, active video games get children moving, but little is known about what happens when kids play the games at home. To test this, researchers gave 78 children between 9 and 11 years old Nintendo Wii systems and accelerometers to track their physical activity. Children given active video games for their Wii were, in fact, no more active during the five-week study than those who'd received standard sit-and-click video games. These findings suggest that it's still important to encourage kids to get outdoors and that, outside a lab, video games may not get young hearts pumping.
Source: Pediatrics, published online Feb. 27, 2012



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