1. UCSD to Study Impact of Video Games on Teenage Health

    Research Effort Part Of Nationwide Program By HEATHER CHAMBERS San Diego Business Journal Staff Gregory Norman Ready. Set. Launch Nintendo. Video game researchers eager to discover what holds the interest of gamers young and old have donned their (virtual) thinking caps and equipped themselves with all the equipment of an avid gamer as part of a nationwide study involving 11 universities and the M…Read More

  2. Are Wii Getting Into Shape Yet?

    Are Wii Getting Into Shape Yet? "Get out of the basement! It's a beautiful day outside and you're cooped up staring at your video games! Go play outside!"I'm sure this, or something like it, is the most often uttered phrase by moms on summer days. I heard it so often in my youth that I started to barely hear what was said before my automatic response of "just let me finish this level so I can save…Read More

  3. Mets and New York City Department of Health team up for ‘Fitness & Nutrition Education Day’ at Shea Stadium

    Thursday, June 12 at 11:00 a.m. prior to game against Diamondbacks; More than 10,000 kids join effort to combat childhood obesity; Special guests include "The Biggest Loser" stars Bill & Jim Germanakos FLUSHING -- The New York Mets today announced that they will host more than 10,000 students from local elementary and middle schools for Fitness & Nutrition E…Read More

  4. Games People (and Researchers) Play in Pursuit of Health

    "Health is worth more than learning." -Thomas Jefferson in a letter to cousin John Garland Jefferson, June 11, 1790 A strong argument could be made that health and learning are dependent on each other. Jefferson, in the letter cited above, was urging his cousin to set aside time every afternoon for exercise and recreation, arguing that such pursuits are vital to a person's overall well-being. When…Read More

  5. Exergaming: Fun and games for your health

    If you think video games are just for fun, some folks beg to differ: more than 300 of them, to be exact, who gathered in Baltimore recently for the 2008 Games for Health conference. Sponsored in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the conference explored how cutting-edge video-game technology can be applied to health and health care. This can range from “exergaming,” or video games use…Read More

  6. Exergames Gain Momentum!

    As seen on: Be Fit With Biray Original Article Here: http://befitwithbiray.com/2008/06/06/exergames-gain-momentum/ The field of exergaming and ‘games for health’ continue to grow. The momentum is strong and the scientists, programmers and health/fitness professionals have been rapidly pushing its research, development, and application. I’ve been following and even participating in some of th…Read More

  7. Surgeon General in Indiana For Obesity Prevention

    Press Release Indianapolis, Ind. -- Today, Acting U.S. Surgeon General Rear Admiral Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H. made a stop at Douglass Park in Indianapolis on his nationwide tour to promote the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Childhood Overweight and Obesity Prevention Initiative. The "Healthy Youth for a Healthy Future" initiative focuses on recognizing and showcasing those comm…Read More

  8. Renowned professor tags obesity as biggest health threat

    // John Huff/Staff photographer World-renowned Professor Mariano Giacchi says obesity is the world's No. 1 health problem.     DOVER — Ask world renowned public health professor Mariano Giacchi about the gravest problem facing societies worldwide and his answer may come as a surprise. It's obesity. Not AIDS, malaria or avian bird flu — obesity. "We are not talking about just the pers…Read More

  9. Healthcare Giants Talk Games For Health Initiatives

    Healthcare Giants Talk Games For Health Initiatives Continuing Gamasutra's coverage of the 2008 Games For Health conference, we feature a panel included several different major healthcare organizations, including Kaiser Permanente and Humana. Each discussed their involvement creating games for health, with some of the educational titles cited including The Amazing Food Detective and Re-Mission. Th…Read More

  10. Discovering How Video Games Can Motivate Healthy Behaviors: More than $2 Million Awarded to 12 Research Teams Across U.S.

      Awards go to researchers in CA, FL, IN, ME, NC, NY, SC, VT and WA; Studies explore how games can increase physical activity and enhance prevention, self-management of health conditions PRINCETON, N.J., May 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced today during a telenews conference the first round of grants awarded through its Health Games Research na…Read More