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- Physical Education and Exergaming Success Stories
- Popular Exergame Products
- How to fund your Exergame room with Grants
- How to Create a Exergame Room
- Why Exergaming Works?
- Improve Health & Fitness
- Improve Academics
- Improve Social Development
Physical Education andExergaming 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 PhysicalEducation Programs into state of the art facilities with EXERGAMING and newprogramming.
As part of this shift to a new unique approach in educationthe Hyde School of the New Haven School District inConnecticut has now implemented Exergaming as a form of exercise forchildren. What is Exergaming? Exergaming is a great tool tomotivate people to participate and engage through games. The Hyde School founda combination of Exergaming with traditional fitness equipment to create a oneof a kind environment for kids to stay healthy and active.
With the help of the National Carol White PEP Grant, Kenstonlocal schools were able to reconfigure their entire PE program and part of thatwas to revamp the PE curriculum with a large quantity of Exergaming. “I couldn’t behappier with our “exergaming” equipment purchased from Exergame Fitness! Children of all ages within the Kenston School District enjoy this fun, challenging way ofexercising, which many have never experienced in a school setting. It isespecially exciting to see our younger students after they have used our Lightspace Floor or Railyard Fitness: rosey cheeked andsmiling! Exergame Fitness has allowed us to engage students in thePhysical Education setting that may have been previously “turned off”to physical activity,” Jeff Gowdy, PEP Grant Facilitator.
Gaming Bikes offer a blend of traditional cardio products(i.e upright or recumbent bikes) with an interactive element to keep youengaged while having fun and competing with others. Many of our products are meant to be used ina wide range of facilities. The Exerbike GS, Trixter,Web Racer and Brain Bike are all unique, but have one goalin mind: Fitness and Fun!
Dance and Step games are still one of the most popularcategories in Exergaming. Large GroupDDR (Dance Dance Revolution) like games such as iDANCEare a great motivator and trainer for children of all ages. These games bring about some really greattraining 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 stepgames are available for any budget.
Need Help with Fundingor 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 findhelpful resource links, as well as a listing of grants that target health andeducation improvements for youth on our website.
Looking for Ideas onHow to Create an Exergaming Room?
Produce a complete interactive fitness experience with ourtop room concept designs. Combine these areas to add value to yourcurrent school or attract students who may not have previously been interestedin physical fitness, especially those looking for a more exciting workoutroutine.
Key Components of our Vault Include
-Using Exergaming to create the ultimate experience formembers of all ages
-Gaming + Fitness + Entertainment + Community
-Create an integrated network of locations that share in themission of the industry to create a healthier community, starting with ouryouth
-Track, monitor, and reward progress to ensuresustainability 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.