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Exergaming Is A Thing

Exergaming is a thing... and apparently it works. This is a really small study, but an important one. Twenty-three overweight and obese tweens who increased their daily exercise through gaming had improvements in BMI, cholesterol and self-efficacy/belief about personal control. There are bright sides to screens - here's one! 

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A new study from LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center showed for the first time that video games, in combination with fitness coaching and a step tracker, helped overweight children lose weight, lower their blood pressure and cholesterol and increase their physical activity.The results of the GameSquad trial are available online and will be published in an upcoming Special Issue of the journal Pediatric Obesity in a scientific paper titled... READ MORE