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Physical Education and Exergaming Success Stories
Whether you teach elementary, middle or high school, Exergaming and interactive fitness is for you. Just ask The Hyde School (HS students) or Kenston Local Schools (Elementary and middle school students) how it has worked for them. Each school has transformed their Physical Education Programs into state of the art facilities with EXERGAMING and new programming.
As part of this shift to a new unique approach in education the Hyde School of the New Haven School District in Connecticut has now implemented Exergaming as a form of exercise for children. What is Exergaming? Exergaming is a great tool to motivate people to participate and engage through games. The Hyde School found a combination of Exergaming with traditional fitness equipment to create a one of a kind environment for kids to stay healthy and active.
With the help of the National Carol White PEP Grant, Kenston local schools were able to reconfigure their entire PE program and part of that was to revamp the PE curriculum with a large quantity of Exergaming. “I couldn't be happier with our "exergaming" equipment purchased from Exergame Fitness! Children of all ages within the Kenston School District enjoy this fun, challenging way of exercising, which many have never experienced in a school setting. It is especially exciting to see our younger students after they have used our Lightspace Floor or Railyard Fitness: rosey cheeked and smiling! Exergame Fitness has allowed us to engage students in the Physical Education setting that may have been previously "turned off" to physical activity,” Jeff Gowdy, PEP Grant Facilitator.
Popular Exergaming Categories
Gaming Bikes offer a blend of traditional cardio products (i.e upright or recumbent bikes) with an interactive element to keep you engaged while having fun and competing with others. Many of our products are meant to be used in a wide range of facilities. The Exerbike GS, Trixter, Web Racer and Brain Bike are all unique, but have one goal in mind: Fitness and Fun!
Dance and Step games are still one of the most popular categories in Exergaming. Large Group DDR (Dance Dance Revolution) like games such as iDANCE are a great motivator and trainer for children of all ages. These games bring about some really great training effects such as: balance, coordination, eye-foot control, endurance, pattern learning and overall fitness. They are also a great motivator and social skills builder. With different variations, dance and step games are available for any budget.
Need Help with Funding or Grants?
As part of our mission to promote youth health and activity, we're happy to help connect organizations with grant opportunities. Funding for programs can come from the corporate sector like the Herbalife Family Foundation or the Annenberg Foundation; you will also find specific state grants like the California Wellness Foundation. One Exergame Fitness you'll find helpful resource links, as well as a listing of grants that target health and education improvements for youth on our website.
Looking for Ideas on How to Create an Exergaming Room?
Produce a complete interactive fitness experience with our top room concept designs. Combine these areas to add value to your current school or attract students who may not have previously been interested in physical fitness, especially those looking for a more exciting workout routine.
Key Components of our Vault Include
-Using Exergaming to create the ultimate experience for members of all ages
-Gaming + Fitness + Entertainment + Community
-Create an integrated network of locations that share in the mission of the industry to create a healthier community, starting with our youth
-Track, monitor, and reward progress to ensure sustainability of the program
Exergaming Works - Why?
Improve's Health & Fitness
Improve's Social Development
Exergame Circle of Benefits
Exergaming is an essential component to an active and healthy lifestyle. It is designed to engage kids and adults from the very beginning while keeping them mentally and physically focused. The act of motion, or physically playing, is the foundation of what our bodies need. Studies show Exergaming provides improvement in three key areas: Health, Academics, and Social Behavior.
Exergaming has been proven to enhance academic performance by building new brain cells and neurological connections that increase learning, memory, and critical thinking. “Memory retention and learning functions are all about brain cells actually changing, growing, and working better together. . . Exercise creates the best environment for that process to occur.” - Dr. John J. Ratey, Harvard Medical School, author of the book Spark
Exergaming encourages family participation, bonding, and social integration among peers. Physical activity is the natural way to prevent the negative consequences of stress, attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder and other behavioral issues “90% of teachers and 86% of parents surveyed connect physical activity with improved academic performance and behavior.”
- PE4Life Blueprint for Change
Health & Fitness
Being physically fit and active leads to overall fitness for the heart, cardiovascular system, muscle and cell development, and longevity. Exergaming is an exciting and motivating experience for everyone that helps build the basis for developing a sustainable healthy and active life. “One in every three U.S. children born after 2000 will become diabetic unless many more people start eating less and exercising more.” -- Dr. K.M. Venkat Narayan, diabetes epidemiologist
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
FREE Exergame Lesson Plan
Exergame Lesson Plan developed by Dr. Stephen Yang - SUNY Cortland and Dr. Lisa Witherspoon – USF. The Exergame Lesson Plan provides two tracks for a Physical Education program. First is with several interactive Exergaming products. Second is for little or no Interactive Exergaming products.
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