on Feb 3, 2011 at 6:39pm
Posted by The Health Journal on February 1, 2011
Written by Barrett Baker
When it comes to regular exercise, there are as many excuses as there are benefits. A revolution in video gaming systems is changing all of that and providing a way for people to be physically active—sometimes without even knowing it.
This unlikely marriage of fitness and video gaming is known as “exergaming.” The three main systems include the Nintendo Wii, The Xbox 360 Kinect and the PlayStation...
on Feb 3, 2011 at 11:40am
Andrea Pennington, M.D.
Your wellness and self-empowerment doctor
Posted: February 2, 2011 01:28 PM
I am on a crusade to eradicate childhood obesity and diabetes. For me, it's more than my profession, it's my personal mission.
As you've undoubtedly learned, Type 2 diabetes is a condition that is caused by a lack of physical activity, overweight and unhealthy eating. Previously, it was called Adult Onset Diabetes because it usually occurred in people...
on Feb 1, 2011 at 5:35pm
Exergame Network Awards
iDANCE is an engaging multiplayer Dance & Step Game System.
To learn more visit our website.
The following are the categories won by Positive Gaming iDANCE2
• Best Commercial Grade Dance Exergame - WINNER: Positive Gaming iDANCE2
• Best Group Exergame - WINNER: Positive Gaming iDANCE2
• Best Music in an Exergame - WINNER: Positive Gaming iDANCE2
• Best Commercial Exergame...
on Feb 1, 2011 at 4:05pm
by Teacher World-Organizing a Community of Teachers
Brain research is providing educators with important information as to how children’s brains grow and develop. Having attended a class with Dr. Kathie Nunley regarding brain research, I am very interested in how we, as educators, integrate what brain research is telling us to more effectively teach our students. So I was excited to read a recent article from the January issue of OhioSchools magazine entitled “Bringing brain research...
on Jan 31, 2011 at 5:05pm
1. Best Children's Exergame
Award that gets younger kids moving with active video gaming!
- Dance Dance Revolution Disney Grooves by Konami
- Wild Planet Hyper Dash
- Atari Family Trainer
- Just Dance Kids by Ubisoft
- Nickelodeon Fit by 2K Play
Dance Dance Revolution Disney Grooves by Konami
2. Best Physical Education Exergame
Award for an active video game that is best to use in PE classes
- HOPSports Training System
- Gamercize Pro-Sport for Wii
on Jan 31, 2011 at 10:56am
by Vanessa Richardson
Forget the term "dumb jocks." According to the latest research, that's an oxymoron. New findings from biology and education research show that regular exercise benefits the brain in numerous ways.
Not only can regular workouts in the gym or on the playground improve attention span, memory, and learning, they can also reduce stress and the effects of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and even delay cognitive decline in old age. In short,...
on Jan 28, 2011 at 2:41pm
By admin, on January 28th, 2011
The trend that is being observed is that one child in three is now either overweight or at risk of becoming over weight. This ballooning of obesity in kids has been alarmingly growing simply because with the several cutbacks in physical education and recess at American schools, and children not acquiring the nutritional guidance. The physical exercise that they desperately need is not being available to kids in schools where they invest most of their...
on Jan 26, 2011 at 2:15pm
By Tom Hernandez Monday at 5:12 p.m.
Wesmere’s Physical Education classes are going high-tech.
Kindergarten through fifth grade students will be working out to a Wii video game during their regularly scheduled P.E. classes the week of January 24 through January 28, 2011.
The students have also invited their parents or grandparents to join them as they workout to one of the “Just Dance” video games projected on the wall of the gymnasium for their...
on Jan 25, 2011 at 4:55pm
By Jorge Figueiredo - January 24th, 2011
I recently had the opportunity to pose some questions about “exergaming” to Ubisoft Montreal game designer, Nicola Godin. After some phone interview glitches prevented us from connecting over the PSTN, he was nice enough to answer the questions I posed via E-mail. Here is what we talked about…
JF: Do you find that a lot of people don’t take “exergaming” very seriously?
NG: First, I think we can say...
on Jan 25, 2011 at 2:10pm
January 24, 2011
Here we are, it’s almost the last week of January, just when Americans are ready to give up on their New Years resolutions to improve their health, and technology is here to the rescue- thanks to exergames. Imagine this: take one part video game, one part work out add in interactivity and you get "exergaming" which could well be one of the most effective getting in shape ideas since...
on Jan 21, 2011 at 3:23pm
The Gamercize Pro-Sport active gaming accessory as been chosen “Best Physical Education Exergame” by public vote in The Exergame Network Awards. Gamercize was nominated in four other categories, also being voted “Best Competition Exergame”.
PRLog (Press Release) – Jan 21, 2011 – The Exergame Network (TEN) held the first ever public voting for awards relating to active video games with results announced this week. Of the fifteen award categories, Gamercize products were...
on Jan 21, 2011 at 10:31am
By Julian Walker
© January 21, 2011
Legislation to require an average of 150 minutes a week of physical education for students in Virginia elementary and middle schools was approved by a Senate committee Thursday.
The measure, SB966, is sponsored by Sen. Ralph Northam, D-Norfolk. It incorporates similar bills from Sens. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, and John Miller, D-Newport News, and passed the Senate Education and Health Committee on an 11-1...
on Jan 20, 2011 at 3:08pm
How a video game can get you off the couch and in shape
By Lauren Ober [01.19.11] Seven Days Vermont
As I stand with feet squarely on the ground, about shoulder width apart — a confident, athletic stance — a glowing green hoop appears above my head. I reach up to grab it, pull it down over my shoulders and set it at my waist. Then I swing my hips.
The hoop wobbles at first, then sets to spinning. Soon a second, orange...
on Jan 20, 2011 at 11:16am
The next time dads are looking for a boost in intelligence, it may be best for them to lace up their running shoes instead of opening up a book. A growing body of research suggests that in addition to improving one's physical health, cardiovascular exercise might make people smarter, Men's Health reports.
There is a great deal of evidence that supports the findings. Its no surprise that most successful men adhere to a strict exercise regimen that emphasizes...
on Jan 19, 2011 at 5:49pm
Monday, January 17, 2011
By Margaret Webb Pressler, The Washington Post
Some days you may not feel like going to PE, but would you ever groan about playing Wii?
You probably said no to that question, which is why some schools are starting to use active video games such as Wii and Dance Dance Revolution as one part of their physical education programs.
For years, video games have been considered part of the obesity problem for kids: When you're sitting on the couch playing...
on Jan 11, 2011 at 4:56pm
In one of the first of its kind, Motion Fitness will be speaking at the Power of Play conference, hosted by Nintendo and the American Heart Association on January 12th, 2011.
Motion Fitness will bring its experience in the exergaming industry to the conference by focusing on community organizations like the YMCA, and how they are the ideal family-oriented establishment to make a high-level shift in the Active Play / Exergame market to encourage physical activity.
The YMCA is a driver...
on Jan 11, 2011 at 12:45pm
Gaming’s next big thing doesn’t involve guns or fantasy worlds but weight belts and yoga mats
by Neilie Johnson (Gamepro Magazine)
January 10, 2011
The majority of the public probably thinks that exergaming–otherwise known as exertainment, virtual exercise or digital fitness–is a recent phenomenon, but the fusion of video games and exercise has been around for going on thirty years. Seen in gaming’s infancy as a mere novelty, 21st century industry trends indicate...
on Jan 10, 2011 at 12:27pm
January 07, 2011 4:42 PM
Whoever assumes new video game technology is just for the youngest generations has never met the young-at-heart at the Kernodle Senior Center.
These seniors have no problems operating their Nintendo Wii remotes, navigating the buttons and arrows to switch the angles for their digital bowlers. On the first Thursday of every month, they come out to compete in friendly – but fierce – frames of Wii Bowling, sponsored by Home ...
on Jan 6, 2011 at 2:09pm
Wed Jan. 05 2011 15:13:07
Exercise isn't just good for your butt.
A University of Calgary researcher is trying to understand why it's also good for your brain.
The study shows that people who are physically active also maintain sharp thinking and memory skills.
Georgie Leach's sister had Alzheimer's disease and died from it less than a year ago.
That was all the motivation she needed to sign herself up for the study, along with two of her friends.
on Jan 6, 2011 at 12:25pm
The benefits of the Wii and exergaming to patients in hospitals and elder-care facilities has been discussed nearly since the console's release. Researchers in San Diego now say that Wii games can combat the onset of depression in elderly persons.
A pilot study involving 19 subjects with subsyndromal depression - not full blown depression, but much more common, and more associated with functional disability and long-term hospitaliztion - found that...
on Jan 5, 2011 at 3:14pm
THE VAULT where the gaming world meets the fitness world was featured on the morning segment of "Around Town" on WGN. The third floor of the Bulls/Sox Academy has been transformed into the most innovative “Exergaming” experience in the country. We joined forces with the leader in the world of "exergaming" to create an exciting, hi-tech approach to tackling the obesity epidemic. To see a snippet of the segment CLICK HERE.
* To use the power of the Chicago...
on Jan 4, 2011 at 5:43pm
Posted in January 4th, 2011
by admin in Kids Fitness
Racheal St John, 13, knows how to bust a move, thanks to the video game “Dance Dance Revolution.” She plays at least twice a day – at home in front of her TV and also at the local YMCA teen center.
At the slowest speed, St John keeps pace with the dance moves on the monitor. But when teen center coordinator Damien Hunt ratchets up the tempo, the seventh-grader from Fishers, Ind., struggles to keep up. “That’s...
on Jan 4, 2011 at 11:07am
by Michelle Heng
January 4, 2011
By the ZippyCart Shopping Cart Reviews Content Team
Move over Shakeweight, the latest trend in fitness dominating 2011 looks to be “exergaming,” the combination of exercise and video gaming. With only a handful of days into the New Year, a shift immediately has occurred in what consumers are looking to purchase. This is a time when people are so committed to sticking with their New Year’s resolutions, it causes those spending habits and product...
on Jan 3, 2011 at 2:07pm
By George Velarde, Physical Education Teacher
The thought of implementing video games in my PE program at Sierra Vista Junior High was exactly that: “a thought”. But, when we changed our PE philosophy in 2003 to the “New PE” concept, I took a hard and difficult look at how our PE program was going to change for the better. At the time video games in a PE curriculum was a very new and quite extreme idea for many -including...
on Jan 3, 2011 at 11:54am
December 31, 2010 by Lailani Mendoza
Mind & Body
I’m standing in front of the large flat screen TV waiting for my virtual river rafting adventure to begin. I’m at Game On! Interactive Fitness to see what the hype is behind this phenomenon called exergames.
Coined from “exercise” and “games”, exergames is the latest trend in video games combining traditional gaming with some form of exercise. Having a bad reputation for encouraging...
on Jan 3, 2011 at 11:18am
by Greg Fladager
The Casper Family YMCA is changing direction under a new director, and won City Council approval last week to shift a $500,000 One Cent Sales Tax grant toward improving exercise facilities and programs, rather than building a new entryway for the facility.
“We’d like to scale down the building project, to offer more services,” said Brent Kleinjan, the new CEO of the Casper Family YMCA, at a work session of the City Council.
on Dec 27, 2010 at 3:24pm
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
Sanna Ronkainen B.A.
Video games, along with television and computers, are often maligned as a major culprit in the obesity epidemic in America. Given the coincidence between the obesity epidemic and the onslaught of media (a study from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that one in five 8 to 18 year olds are exposed to at least 16 hours of media a day!), it’s really not a stretch to see that this is the...
on Dec 20, 2010 at 10:24am
By Erik Gable
ADRIAN, Mich. —
Students and staff at the Adrian Middle School 5-6 building on Friday inaugurated the school’s new Interactive Gaming Center, which will bring a technological twist to the AMS 5-6 physical education curriculum.
The room is outfitted with eight Nintendo Wii video game consoles, donated by the Adrian Meijer store, that can be used for a variety of programs involving cardiovascular exercise.
“I think that as ...
on Dec 20, 2010 at 9:51am
By Dominique Dawes
The idea of computer screens and joysticks replacing jump ropes and balls in Physical Education classes seems quite foreign to most of us adults. But the new gym class brings Active Gaming and technology to the forefront. Today kids are spending upwards of 40 hours a week in front of a computer, video or television screen, so Active Gaming advocates say why not bring them a game that doesn't just entertain them but also exercises their bodies?
on Dec 14, 2010 at 10:20am
SGMA National Health Through Fitness Day (NHTF Day) is the culmination of a year round effort by the SGMA and its many sponsors and volunteers to pass major U.S. legislation to “Get America Moving”.
For the past 10 years, the SGMA has brought people together in Washington, D.C. to accomplish our goals. Approximately 100 leaders from the sports, fitness, and PE industries meet in early March to lobby Congress to pass key legislation which will help our country overcome a...
on Dec 11, 2010 at 11:32am
The Mayor's Office of Special Events presents Chicago Sports Fest, so save the date, it's FREE!!! This event takes place December 18 & 19, 2010 at McCormick Place in Halls A & B (2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive) What began as a basketball only tournament named Holiday Hoops in 2000 became Mayor Daley’s Holiday Sports Festival. Envisioned by Mayor Daley, the end result now encompasses both tournaments and interactive zones. Combined, the event attracts approximately 85,000...
on Dec 10, 2010 at 2:07pm
The 2011 Chicago White Sox: SOXFEST will be bringing the fans closer to the players than you could ever imagine. During the time of this event Rolling Meadows, IL based company Motion Fitness will be showing some of the latest and greatest in the world of exergaming.
At the event you can expect to meet some of your old favorites like Paul Konerko, and Mark Buehrle, as well as some of the new editions like Edwin Jackson and Adam Dunn. For some you will also have the opportunity to go...
on Dec 10, 2010 at 11:27am
If we’re listening to the experts, all the evidence points to the importance of increasing physical education/physical activity (PE/PA) in our schools. A compelling body of research shows that, as fitness increases, achievement increases, behavior issues decrease, and wellness increases. Utilizing this research is one of the most compelling reasons for school administrators to use budget funds to increase PE /PA or to add new technology (ExerGaming®) to energize their...
on Dec 10, 2010 at 11:17am
We are proud to announce that the new Makoto II will be coming to the Worlds Greatest Exergaming Facility in The Bulls Sox Exergame Academy in Lisle, IL. The new Makoto II will only add to the excitement and enjoyment of all attending participants!
The Makoto Arena II is one of the premier Exergaming systems on the market today. Why? It is the only interactive game that is three-dimensional in which the player is totally immersed in lights and sounds. This multiplanar, multidirectional...
on Dec 8, 2010 at 10:56am
Jennifer Gerson, Postmedia News Reports
CALGARY — With the flashing lights, blaring music and banks of high definition television screens, kids might think they were wandering into an arcade.
Actually, it's gym class.
Grade 4 students at the Foundations for the Future Academy in Calgary use video games to stay in shape.
While video games have long been considered the foe of gym teachers, new research released Tuesday by the University of Calgary suggests that games may be as...
on Dec 4, 2010 at 11:23am
If you lived in a neighborhood where gunshots rang out every day and drug dealers loitered on your street every night, would you let your kids outside to play? Well, you’re not alone.
One of the reasons our children are not getting the minimum amount of physical activity they need is that physical education has been carved out of our schools, and many youth live in high-crime neighborhoods where their parents are afraid to let them go outside. So it’s no...
on Nov 18, 2010 at 4:37pm
BrainBike to be shown at the Education in Action Luncheon by University of South Florida and the Lets Move Campaign’s Executive Director of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
The BrainBike by Motion Fitness combines the latest research in Brain Training – in order to improve memory, reflexes, concentration, and a complete range of mental abilities – along with an advanced exercise bike developing aerobic and cardio health.
Students get Brain brakes by...
on Nov 10, 2010 at 7:00pm
The student, parents, faculty and staff of McPherson Elementary (4728 N. Wolcott) welcomed Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen, Ald. Gene Schulter, Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson and Chicago Bulls staff to celebrate the opening of the EnergizaBulls fitness center Tuesday. The state-of-the-art fitness center is part of an ongoing program by the Chicago Bulls to help teach students the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.
on Oct 28, 2010 at 10:48am
SPONSORED BY THE CENTER FOR LAW, ETHICS, AND APPLIED RESEARCH IN HEALTH INFORMATION
Presented by: Stephen Yang, PhD-ABD
Assistant Professor, SUNY Cortland
Stephen P. Yang is an assistant professor at the State University of New York College at Cortland (SUNY Cortland) and he researches the effectiveness of using exergames/active games for healthy benefits. The state of exergaming is a relatively new area of interest for researchers; however, Yang has been active in the field since...
on Oct 20, 2010 at 5:42pm
Mason Ohio - The City of Mason has joined forces with the leader in the world of "Exergaming" (Exergame Fitness) to create an exciting, hi-tech approach to tackling the obesity & inactivity epidemic; it’s called “The VAULT”. The VAULT is a new fitness experience that takes a revolutionary approach to keeping our community active, healthy and engaged with technology driven products that keep users engaged in physical and brain activity. We feature...
on Oct 19, 2010 at 11:02am
FREMONT — Video dodge ball doesn't leave red welts, but the kids in the Fremont YMCA's new gaming room still work up a healthy sweat playing it.
Exergame Fitness products were utilized at the Fremont YMCA which opened up a state-of-the-art interactive gaming room called the Underground, and kids are clamoring for their turn on $80,000 worth of video equipment that it contains.
All of the games in the room require substantial physical exertion.
Jerry Renne, YMCA president and...
on Oct 10, 2010 at 5:46pm
A Des Moines school has just added technology to its physical education classes. They're using a light board to get active at Hanawalt School.
[Original Article and Video developed by KCCI News Channel 8 - [watch video]
Students are using the first Lightspace Play Wall to be installed in an Iowa school installed by Exergame Fitness USA "The Global Leader in Exergaming Products, Programming and Partnerships".
Hanawalt P.E. teacher John Baker is pumped up because the touchscreen...
on Oct 7, 2010 at 11:10am
The 8th Annual Achieve Fitness USA Business Conference kicked off in Las Vegas, NV with great success! The event being held on September 23rd-25th brought in some of the most unique minds in the fitness industry to discuss ways to start, grow, and expand their business plans.
The event kicked off with Peter Twist of Twist Sport Conditioning giving an inspirational speech revolving around motivating cliental to not only have a healthy body, but a healthy mind as well. Peter went into...
on Sep 23, 2010 at 10:15am
Ever since the Commission on Excellence in Education published the Nation at Risk in 1983, school systems across America have been racing to improve academic performance. Over the years this issue has become a major political priority. Simply put, both parties had their ideas about how to reform public education. Both sides of the political spectrum have raised credible arguments and both found common ground in national standards and high stakes testing to improve education. But that...
on Sep 21, 2010 at 7:09pm
More than 600 school children are setting a world record on the very well-known FedEx Field Tuesday.
Eighth grader Thomas Booker said, "I'm kind of pumped about this because, you know...it's one of my main books. I like to read the Guinness books of world records."
They are there for a massive interactive fitness session that is making history with the help of some local Marines and Redskins players, anchored by quarterback Donovan McNabb.
"Just about 12, 13 years ago my father...
on Sep 13, 2010 at 10:22am
Imagine a child-friendly exercise room with computer-generated devices that make kids look forward to exercising.
That’s the scene at Knuckleheads Gym in Carlsbad, which aims to create an exciting yet safe workout environment for children 5 to 15 years old. Designed for children from the nonathletic to the extremely athletic, Knuckleheads uses interactive equipment to encourage kids to exercise and stay fit.
“This gym is unique, because we have high-tech exercise equipment...
on Sep 6, 2010 at 8:51am
Exergaming (Active Gaming) combines video games and exercise to provide a physically challenging but enjoyable experience. Traditionally, laboratory tests have been used to determine exertion levels and mainstream journalists review and rate a game’s game-play.
The Exergame Network (TEN) has created a next generation rating system which is ready for world wide release. TEN’s ratings system evaluates the holistic experience of an exergame in it’s Exergaming Experience Rating...
on Sep 3, 2010 at 8:22pm
WATERBURY, CT– Thanks to a federal Carol M. White Physical Education Grant called P.A.C.E. I.T. – Physical Activity Curriculum Enhancement using Integrated Technologies, Waterbury middle school students will be training for lifelong fitness in 3 brand-new state-of-the-art Exergaming Fitness Centers. Exergaming technology harnesses children’s interest in videogame technology to provide highly interactive, rigorous, and research-based physical fitness training that kids want to...
on Aug 20, 2010 at 10:17am
In accordance with the recent release of the NASPE “Why Physical Education Is An Academic Subject” we would like to applaud the organization on putting together an outline for schools, boards of education, and even states on statistics and arguments as to why every school should have Physical Education.
One of the sections specifically talks about how student assessment should be part of every curriculum and provides a sense of accountability not only to the PE teacher,...
on Aug 9, 2010 at 8:38am
It's a vicious, ugly battle.
Punches rain down upon the battered boxer. His head snaps back and around like a dog's toy being shaken. Finally, a final straight right sends him to the canvas.
Beaten -- by an 8-year-old girl.
"Woo-hoo," yells Lorelei Mansfield, throwing her arms in the air. Her breath is audible and the smell of sweat is in the air -- par for the course for a boxer dealing some rough justice.
Then she puts down the controller and heads to the kitchen for some fruit...
on Aug 2, 2010 at 1:32pm
(Rolling Meadows - IL) 8/2/10
Exergame Fitness is excited to announce they have become a partner with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. Through this partnership Exergame Fitness will extend their reach to more schools, marketplaces, workplaces; and help them gain knowledge on the benefits of combining exercise and gaming.
The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a CEO-led organization, is a national, multi-year effort designed to...
on Aug 2, 2010 at 11:32am
When I observed the positive effects our Exergaming lab had on our elementary school, I was convinced that every student should have access to this type of lab. Nothing I had observed before motivated students to exercise with the enthusiasm and spirit that this lab created. The lab had a remarkable impact on our student body's commitment to exercise and physical activity. Students couldn't wait for their scheduled time in our Exercise 4 Learning lab.
How and Why We Started an...
on Jul 26, 2010 at 9:15pm
The world’s leading provider of exergaming equipment, products and services, “Exergame Fitness” is pleased to announce the grand opening of the “Gold’s Gym Exergame Express VAULT Room” located in downtown Green Bay,Wisconsin.
This brand new state-of-the-art facility houses 18,000 square feet of modern fitness equipment and the latest in exergaming products for all members.
The concept of the “exergame express room” is to offer all...
on Jul 23, 2010 at 1:41pm
Exergame Fitness advisory board member Ernie Medina on "Plugging" into physical activity through the means of Exergames...
These days, it seems that every where you turn, someone is talking or writing about pediatric obesity. While there are many factors for this epidemic, physical inactivity is one that is often stated, and technology is often blamed for this. Well unless an alien race comes and blasts us with EMF (electromagnetic field) weapons, knocking out everything...
on Jul 17, 2010 at 8:59pm
On a Shoe String PE Budget with One Shoe
With budgets cuts happening all around the country, PE programs are feeling the heat. This sounds too familiar to PE teachers all around the country. Especially when PE programs are trying their best to order daily equipment, provide training for their colleagues, maintain their existing program and to expand on their program. I constantly get asked how do you do it at Sierra Vista?
From the onset in 2003, when we changed our philosophy...
on Jul 13, 2010 at 6:47pm
This years 2010 YMCA General Assembly was held in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah July 8th -10th at the Salt Palace Convention Center. The General Assembly of YMCAs is the premiere celebration of the YMCA Movement in the United States, designed to inspire, rejuvenate and affirm each attendee's passion for YMCA work and provide meaningful connections to others in the Movement.
This year was extra special because the YMCA's debuted their new branding strategy and changed their name...
on Jul 13, 2010 at 8:53am
EXERGAMES DOWNLOAD A POSITIVE HEALTH CHECK 4 COMPUTER GAMING
Computer gaming, branded a major contributor to inactivity and obesity, is undergoing a radical rehabilitation as a healthy pastime thanks to new innovative Exergames.
Computer games that incorporate physical activity – or Exergames - are at the heart of a digital environment being created to support wellness and healthy living.
Scottish gaming companies with a global reputation as leaders in the industry are now being...
on Jul 12, 2010 at 6:50pm
on Jul 3, 2010 at 10:00pm
Are you a School, YMCA, JCC, Park District or Health Club that is looking to add an interactive fitness product to your line-up that is "cost effective" and within a reasonable budget?
Well if so - we have an answer for you. It's called Gamercize, and it is one of our top selling Exergaming products because of it's durability, engaging gameplay and overall positive health impact it has with our clients.
The Gamercize products adds fitness motivation to all of the games on...
on Jul 2, 2010 at 10:35am
Michael Torchia, President/Founder of the Shape Up Campaign, will be heading down to Washington D.C. to conduct workshops that will seek to educate and certify Girl Scouts as personal fitness trainers. The goal of these workshops is to create thousands of young peer fitness advocates to help stop the increasing levels of obesity among America's kids.
Torchia and his Shape Up America Campaign Team have spent years educating parents and kids about better fitness and proper nutrition,...
on Jul 2, 2010 at 9:32am
Rolling Meadows IL, 07/02/10 – Illinois based company Exergame Fitness debut’s “THE VAULT”, an interactive kids fitness experience that combines game play, exercise & activity monitoring for YMCA’s across the nation.
Exergaming combines physical activity while playing fun and engaging video games. Interactive fitness products are loaded into a cosmetically themed room that resembles a video arcade. THE VAULT rooms come equipped with activity...
on Jul 1, 2010 at 10:03am
National Wii Games Tournament!
7-1-10: Only 15 days till the first-ever national Wii Games Tournament kicks off! Too bad there wasn't a location nearer to us, tho the Finals will be held in Los Angeles, which I'll have to go check out. See the website to see if there's a location near you
Now if we can just get a more inclusive World Exergame Tournament going on, like the National Spelling Bee, that would be awesome! Kids could be training all over the place--at home, in rec centers,...
on Jun 30, 2010 at 2:51pm
Exergame Fitness VAULT Room!
At this years 2010 YMCA General Assembly in Salt Lake City, Exergame Fitness will debut their VAULT room located atBOOTH #122. Some of the worlds top Exergaming products will be on display located in a conceptually themed room made specifically for YMCA's!
Exergame Fitness is the leading Exergaming provider for YMCA's in the country and now is bringing the VAULT room to this years General Assembly.
Check out the products below to see what you can...
on Jun 30, 2010 at 10:26am
A UC Irvine pediatrician's research heavily influenced a new study out Sunday that shows healthier school lunches and longer, more vigorous physical activity for middle-schoolers can reduce obesity rates.
The key, says Dr. Dan Cooper, a pediatrics professor at UCI, is providing activities kids enjoy. Plus, there's too much standing around in P.E. "In a 45-minute class, if a P.E. instructor isn’t careful, he could lose 10-15 minutes just doing roll call," he said. "By the time...
on Jun 30, 2010 at 9:57am
Subjects chose Nintendo Wii Sports games to play on their own – tennis, bowling, baseball, golf or boxing
Feb. 25, 2010 – New research suggests a novel route to improving the symptoms of subsyndromal depression (SSD) in senior citizens through the regular use of “exergames” – entertaining video games that combine game play with exercise.
In a pilot study, the researchers found that use of exergames significantly improved mood and mental health-related quality of life in...
on Jun 28, 2010 at 6:57pm
The PE4life Resource Conference (formerly known as the PEP Grant Resource Conference) is an annual event that highlights current and past PEP Grant winners – their successes AND lessons learned. Don’t miss this opportunity to network and learn from those who have been there and done that. This event is designed to not only help you navigate your way through this incredible PEP opportunity, but to provide information to help spend your money well, get real results AND sustain your...
on Jun 25, 2010 at 6:49pm
ROLLING MEADOWS, IL -- Motion Fitness is proud to announce their partnership with Humana Games for Health in the distribution efforts to bring The Horsepower Challenge and activity based online game play to more communities throughout the country.
"The Horsepower Challenge," developed by Humana, is a unique exercise/video-game program intended to increase kids' activity to improve their health. Participating students are given smart pedometers, called actipeds, to wear on their...
on Jun 25, 2010 at 1:12pm
Opinion Piece: The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition
Our Physical Education friends have a lot of different opinions and while we may or may not agree with all of them, we definitely value their input and want them to keep on talkin’!
Check out what C.J. Cain, Physical Educator from Panther Run Elementary in Lake Worth, FL has to say about the new committee for the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Read the blog and let us know...
on Jun 22, 2010 at 7:13pm
For most of us, the “Old PE” met the needs of a select few. Everyone else was often left with a lifetime of bad memories and demeaning experiences. Today, the “New PE” is about developing a healthy lifestyle and teaching the whole child.
The “New PE” core values have helped our Fitness Scores rise to tops in the State, but more importantly made PE fun for our students! At Sierra Vista, we believe our PE program should be directed to all students,...
on Jun 18, 2010 at 2:32pm
Exergame Fitness Advisory Board Member "Dan Lawler" speaks about implementing Exergaming in Schools....
A year ago, I was able to implement an Exergaming lab in my school. It was one of the most exciting interventions I had ever experienced in over 30 years as a principal. Unfortunately, I retired before I could see the expected benefits that the lab would create for the all the students in the school. After a year of students and teachers being actively engaged in the lab, I wanted...
on Jun 9, 2010 at 9:23pm
The iDANCE Wireless Dance and Step System was debuted at the Arbor Vitae - Woodruff School in Wisconsin, USA. After obtaining a School PEP Grant, Woodruff School was determined to keep Wisconsin school kids healthy, active and fit by using active gaming products that keep kids engaged and excited about staying fit during school hours. After consulting with Bill Abel "Exergame Fitness Gaming Consultant" They decided to purchase a 12 player iDANCE Wireless Dance and Step...
on Jun 3, 2010 at 3:42pm
The Shape of the Nation Report provides a current picture of physical education (PE) in the American education system. Incremental improvements have been made in the last few years in the number of states that now require PE (17% increase) and student assessment in PE (26% increase). However, the Report shows that more states now allow waivers and exemptions from PE classes (77% increase) and no progress has been made in providing daily physical education in all grades...
on Jun 2, 2010 at 11:38am
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Carol M White PEP Grant winner Marvin Christley talks about his Physical Education Program with the New Haven, CT School districts.
With over 18+ years as a physical education teacher and over 5+ years as a grant facilitator, Marvin is leading the way to keeping kids active, healthy and fit by introducing a new PE concept called Exergaming. The New Haven PE department received about 1.5 million dollars over three years, to...
on May 29, 2010 at 8:22pm
The 2010 Games for Health Conference at the Hyatt Harborside Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts May 25 to 27th was spectacular! This was a huge hit this year for Exergame Fitness USA and our 3rd consecutive year attending the Games for Health summit and by far the biggest and best. The three-day conference offered over 55 sessions featuring 100 speakers covering a wide range of topics such as Exergaming, cognitive and emotional health, simulation and learning, virtual worlds and...
on May 29, 2010 at 9:59am
Health professionals, including nurses, may find a new and frustrating problem facing them on the job, presented by childhood obesity. The numbers are staggering, showing that childhood obesity has become a nationwide epidemic. While the nation is addressing the problem, illnesses that affect obese children often become obstacles in helping them to lose weight. Hence, obese children often become obese adults who often carry health problems with them into adulthood.
on May 24, 2010 at 6:07pm
Check out Exergame Fitness as they demonstrate the world's top Exergaming products at the 2010 Games for Health Conference located in Boston, MA - May 25th -27th.
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on May 18, 2010 at 9:13am
POCATELLO — The Gold’s Gym plaza keeps growing, and the businesses there feed off each other. In one way or another, they’re all focused on healthy living.
The plaza now includes Gold’s Gym, dental and physical therapy practices, Subway, a day care focused on Gold’s customers, Sunsations spa and tanning, Marigolds, a wine and delicacies shop that will offer healthy cooking classes, and a kids fitness center that combines video games with exercise. The businesses complement each...
on May 17, 2010 at 7:13pm
This interactive event featured FOX45 and CW Baltimore stars, Baltimore athletes, and exhibitors from area health, fitness and wellness businesses and organizations. Included in this expo in partnership with Fox45 Baltimore was Exergame Fitness USA. Exergame Fitness brought the iDANCE Wireless Dance and Step System, Gamercize FIFA Soccer System, XaviX Power Dash, The NeuroActive BrainBike and the Makoto Sports Arena. The B'More healthy Expo generated huge interested in keeping the Baltimore...
on May 14, 2010 at 6:50pm
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In Boston between May 24th and 27th, the annual Games for Healthconference takes place. If you are a member of The Exergame Network's Skype calls, Wiki, LinkedIn or Facebook collaboration groups then here's a chance to meet outside the virtual world!
Talking of Virtual Worlds, the 25th (traditionally known as pre-conference day) has both "Virtual Worlds & Social and Games For Health" and "Games Accessibility" days. This year sees the addition of the...
on May 12, 2010 at 3:58pm
Physical Education Department George Velarde has transformed the school’s traditional physical education program, introducing students to the “New P.E.” Rather than focusing on traditional team sports, his program stresses individual student fitness. He has received numerous accolades for his achievement. George Velarde was recently awarded a Gold Medal by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness in a Sports Spotlight Awards ceremony in Sacramento.
on May 12, 2010 at 3:24pm
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on May 12, 2010 at 3:18pm
Check out the BrainBike and iDANCE Multiplayer Dance System inside the Fox45 Baltimore Studios. The B'More Healthy Expo took place last week and was a major success as Exergame Fitness products doiminated the kids interactive area. Fox News 45 Baltimore and Exergame Fitness appear on the morning show with The NeuroActive BrainBike and iDANCE Multiplayer Dance System! Dr. Stephen Yang was along for this TV Appearance as we attended and showcased these products at the B'More Healthy Expo the...
on Apr 8, 2010 at 7:23pm
By 2025 we want everyone to have experienced the life changing fitness and health benefits offered by Exergaming – and you can quote us on this!
Our vision is to be become THE global entertainment-technology fitness & health solution. Our solutions will excite, inspire and empower people to improve the quality of the lives and to be the best they can be. We are determined to contiually innovate and develop new experiences that are accessible to everyone,...
on Apr 8, 2010 at 11:57am
College Station, TX: Texas A&M Student Recreation Center displays the BrainBike for its student population.
Combing the latest research in Brain Training - in order to improve memory, reflexes, concentration, and a complete range of mental abilities - along with an advanced exercise bike developing aerobic and cardio health.
Students get Brain brakes by playing 22 different fun and engaging software Exergames.
"What we are doing is giving students the ability to process and...
on Apr 5, 2010 at 4:05pm
on Mar 29, 2010 at 11:19pm
The Exergame Fitness demo team showed up at Lake Park High School in Illinois to demonstrate the iDANCE System by Positive Gaming. The iDance system was brought to a local School in Illinois with well over 500+ kids playing the system throughout the day.
The iDance Multiplayer system was created and designed for environments such as Fitness Centers, Schools, JCC's, YMCA's, Park Districts and more. The Positive Gaming™ iDANCE Multiplayer System offers up to 32 wireless dance platforms...
on Mar 13, 2010 at 4:11pm
"With the grant money and additional funding and support from local companies such as Direct Fitness Solutions and Exergame Fitness, the Bulls decided to create 25 EnergizaBulls Fitness Centers in Chicago Public Schools by the 2011-12 school year. The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago Community Schools, a lead collaborator in this initiative, will be the recipient of the first EnergizaBulls Fitness Centers."
Bulls use $1.475 million grant to create fitness centers in local...
on Feb 21, 2010 at 9:35am
ABC News’ Yunji de Nies reports:
Michelle Obama is calling on the country’s governors to help in the battle against childhood obesity.
"Let's act. Let's move. Let's give our kids the future they deserve, " she said in a speech, kicking off the annual winter meeting of the National Governors Association.
“There's no place for politics when it comes to fighting childhood obesity,” Mrs. Obama said, “Because with a phone call or the stroke of a pen, you can determine whether a child...
on Feb 19, 2010 at 5:05pm
"I'm having a blast during my time off in Peoria! Thanks Deb, NETworks, and Riverplex for a fantastic fun filled day. RiverPlex is home to an awesome exercising game zone that has a bunch of awesome games and activities that get your heart pumping! My favorites were virtual dodge-ball on Lightspace Play, the Skywall (never-ending rock climbing), Wii fit, Dance Dance Revolution, and Makoto. After breaking a sweat, we headed over to AquaPlex to check out their indoor water complex,...
on Feb 11, 2010 at 3:18pm
The GameCycle lets kids, adults and seniors "play their way" to better fitness. For kids, the GameCycle provides a challenge that many of them seek out on their own -- the challenge of videogames. But, now while playing their favorite racing videogame, kids are getting a great workout too. For fitness centers, YMCAs, and Community Centers, the GameCycle offers the kind of innovative exercise outlet that brings people through the door. Upper body exercise outlets are often...
on Feb 9, 2010 at 11:52am
As part of first lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign to fight childhood obesity, the American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraging its members to check the body mass index, a number that takes into account height and weight, of all children at every checkup. Children and parents also will get a prescription for healthy, active living that they can discuss with their doctors.
WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE?
Several top nutrition and fitness experts offer their ideas for changes that need to be...
on Jan 20, 2010 at 7:17pm
Brain fitness is one of the fastest growing industries in North America whose value reached $265 million in 2008, according to industry market research leader SharpBrains. Neuroscience research has demonstrated that like your muscles, your brain can grow stronger and more agile through proper training and regular activity. Canadian-based Brain Center International (BCI) is making waves in the field by helping thousands of customers improve their brain performance each year.
BCI is the...
on Jan 20, 2010 at 11:50am
Building Healthy Communities grants available for physical activity and nutrition programs
DETROIT, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Childhood obesity in America is a major public health issue. Blue Cross Blue Shield, committed to building a healthier Michigan, is partnering with schools across the state to get kids moving and eating healthier. The Blues are accepting grant proposals from public and nonprofit private elementary schools in Michigan for programs that increase physical activity and...
on Jan 8, 2010 at 10:42am
Although the collective scientific analysis of the concept of "brain fitness" — which contends that regular mental exercise leads to better long-term mental health — can be inconclusive, numerous manufacturers are embracing the concept by integrating physical fitness machines with mental exercise components. "Some older-adult and dementia researchers are realizing that cognitive function activities such as crossword puzzles, Sudoku or regular reading can have a...
on Jan 6, 2010 at 8:39pm
Obesity is now a bigger overall threat to people’s health than smoking, according to results of the longest ongoing health study of adults in the United States. Obesity is now a bigger overall threat to people's health than smoking, according to results of the longest ongoing health study of adults in the United States.
Obesity causes as much or more disease than tobacco, says the study, conducted by researchers from Columbia University and the City College of New York. It adds that...
on Jan 4, 2010 at 7:45pm
Exergame Fitness USA has 5 international divisions that can assist your facility / business in getting the latest and greatest Exergaming products and services directly from the source. Feel free to visit our distributor page to contact any of our approved vendors to get you what you need.
We have a very close partnership with all of our approved vendors and there are no better companies in the industry to contact when it comes to providing the world with the best tested Exergaming...
on Dec 28, 2009 at 8:50pm
on Dec 28, 2009 at 12:05pm
NEW YORK—The NFL's charitable foundation is awarding a grant to study how to better prevent childhood obesity.
NFL Charities will provide a three-year, $1.8 million grant as part of its "NFL Play 60" campaign to The Cooper Institute in Dallas to fund its Fitnessgram program. The program will be made available to 1,120 schools in the 32 NFL markets over three years. Data on students' fitness will be gathered and analyzed to determine the best ways to prevent childhood obesity. The...
on Dec 28, 2009 at 11:47am
Playing action video games on a regular basis can alter a player's attention skills.
As video games continue to permeate our culture, schools and students are increasingly interested in using video games for learning. This interest has prompted universities and neurologists to explore what makes a successful educational game, what the current barriers to adoption are, and how gaming as a whole affects the brain. According to a recent paper by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology...
on Dec 26, 2009 at 9:44pm
Exergame Fitness is the global leader in Exergaming products and medically driven programming. We have over 10+ years experience in the fitness industry and were first to market with fully customized room designs keeping active gaming a positive way of battling childhood obesity and inactivity. We have the largest selection of tested products in the industry backed by our 110% lowest price guarantee.
We pride ourselves on our reputation as the leader in the Exergaming industry...