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Video games help schools get kids moving, exercising more

USA Today story by Nancy Hellmich

  • Video games help schools get kids moving, exercising more
    When the staff at Conlee Elementary School in Las Cruces, N.M., began having students do five minutes of Just Dance, an active video game for Nintendo's Wii, at the start of every school day last year, they noticed a trend: Tardiness went down. The dance activity is broadcast into classrooms that have TV monitors. Madrid was inspired to try this idea by researchers at New Mexico State University who are investigating the use of active video games as part of an obesity-prevention project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Video games get kids off sofa

Las Cruces Sun-News Article by Jason Gibbs

  • Video games get kids off sofa
    If NMSU computer programmers are successful, the days of teenagers staring with glazed eyes at a flickering console are soon to be a thing of the past. Instead, imagine youngsters bouncing, dancing, boxing, bowling, playing baseball and any other number of aerobic activities while interacting with friends and family - but still in their living room.

The Game Master

Research & Resources Article by Norman Martin

  • The Game Master
    Barbara Chamberlin taps growing interest in educational computer games.