On average, children spend three to seven hours a day parked in front of a television. Whether it’s watching after school cartoons, the Disney Channel, or playing video games, the rate of child obesity has had a drastic increase throughout the course of the past 20 years. Let’s Move! a campaign launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, has an ambitious but important goal: to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation. This nationwide effort has brought together community leaders, teachers, parents, and on February 28, 2013 at the Chicago Bulls White Sox Training Academy in Lisle, Illinois, just that is happening.
The 2013 Pre-Conference Exergame Workshop is an all day event providing and explaining new physical education methods to schools, and educating individuals on how to make fitness more enjoyable for children. Exergame researchers and physical education specialists such as Stephen P. Yang, George Velarde, Dan Lawler, Matt Diskin, and Sharon Warren will be speaking about the importance of fighting childhood obesity and targeting specific areas of concern towards just that. This all day event holds some of the latest and greatest equipment that allows children to play and have fun while getting a quick workout. Attendees will find this event to be fun, educational, and inspiring as we move forward in creating a new physical education experience that not only engages children, but also teachers and parents. Advocating a healthy lifestyle increases academic performance, and battles the fight against childhood obesity. The workshop is free for all who attend, and in the event that you cannot attend, all of the presentations will be made available on the Exergame Fitness YouTube Channel. The next four years are going to bring big changes to physical education programs across the country, we hope that you become an advocate of change as well. These children are our future, let’s make our efforts count.