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2009-01-07 09:38:01

While some emerging technologies can create environments that require very little physical effort, one Kansas State University researcher thinks games like Nintendo's Wii Fit can help promote physical rather than sedentary activities for people of all ages. "I think there is a great potential to develop ways to promote physical activity through technology," said David Dzewaltowski, professor and head of the department of kinesiology at K-State and director of the university's Community Health...

2009-01-02 17:20:09

A U.S. researcher wants to know if a popular holiday gift -- the Nintendo Wii Fit video game console -- improves family fitness. University of Mississippi researcher Scott Owens began the six-month study this fall and is following eight families who have been loaned a Nintendo Wii to use for three months. Obesity has become an epidemic in the United States, and one of the reasons is the adults and children are getting less physical activity, Owens says in a statement. There has been an...

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2008-11-13 09:25:00

By Mike Snider A new trend in video games that is gaining weight -- and could help you lose some -- is the virtual personal trainer. The latest entry, due in stores in March, is EA Sports Active for the Nintendo Wii video game system. From the makers of Madden NFL Football and Tiger Woods PGA Tour video games, the interactive fitness program is being developed with the help of Oprah Winfrey's personal trainer, Bob Greene, and other experts. Home fitness fits well with the Wii-owning crowd,...

2008-09-25 03:00:12

NEW YORK - Like many parents, Diana Ennen had trouble getting her daughter Amber to exercise. So two years ago, she decided Amber was coming to the health club. Now 10, Amber is using the stair stepper, lifting hand weights and doing sit-ups on a stability ball. "She's lost some weight," said Mrs. Ennen, of Margate, Fla. "Her clothes fit better. You can tell she's firmer." It might sound like a grown-up routine, but many parents are enrolling their children in fitness centers or...

2008-09-16 09:00:15

By MEGAN K SCOTT By Megan K. Scott The Associated Press NEW YORK Like many parents, Diana Ennen had trouble getting her daughter Amber to exercise. So two years ago, she decided Amber was coming to the health club. Now 10, Amber uses the stair stepper, lifts hand weights and does sit-ups on a stability ball. "She's lost some weight," said Ennen, of Margate, Fla. " You can tell she's firmer." It may sound like a grown-up routine, but many parents are enrolling their children in...

2008-08-05 06:00:10

By Lyndsay Moss ENCOURAGING people to take more exercise is not an easy task. You will probably have seen adverts on television recently urging us to take little steps to improve our health and fitness. Why not climb the stairs instead of the lift? How about walking to work instead of getting the bus, or eating a bit of fruit instead of a biscuit? All admirable stuff. But just when the hard-working health-improvement police thought their job could not get any harder, along comes the...

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2008-07-14 12:00:00

I found Nintendo's Wii Fit a wee bit embarrassing. Perhaps that's just me: A woman designated with the "Wii Fit age" of 46. I'm 42. Snivel. The Wii Fit spit out this nugget of information after testing my "body control" and asking, point blank, if I were prone to clumsiness. Well, yes. But the point here is not how I fall down more than most people. Or that I trip over stationary objects and stub my big toe, which I'd subsequently demonstrate while testing Wii Fit. In public, no less....

2008-07-07 09:00:15

By Catherine Mallette, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Jul. 7--Where's my nunchuk? As soon as the thought pops into my head, it makes me laugh out loud. That just isn't a thought I ever imagined having, and yet here I am on a Tuesday morning in my living room, frantically digging through a pile of Wii accessories so I can attach the nunchuk to my Wii remote and start whacking away at the air, in an attempt to virtually knock out the talking cartoony punching bag on my TV screen....

2008-06-24 02:29:22

By Elizabeth Simpson, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 23--Want to see a fitness instructor cry? Say these two phrases next to each other: Hours of summer freedom. New computer video game! But all is not lost over at the Paull household in Virginia Beach. It's the first Monday of summer vacation, and 5-year-old Tiernan Paull is running after a yellow dog in the living room. Lush green trees flash by, waterfalls flow in the background, and bouncy music makes this...

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2008-06-13 16:55:00

Nintendo's Wii Fit is finding its way into rehabilitation programs for injured athletes.Sue Stanley-Green, a professor of athletic training at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, said Wii Fit and other fitness-oriented video games have "great potential" for core strengthening and rehabilitation and may boost compliance with rehabilitation exercises."We are looking to incorporate Wii Fit into the athletic training room as far as rehabilitation, for example, on post-operative knees and...


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