WV Kids Sweatin’ To The Xbox

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Faced with one of the highest obesity rates in the country, West Virginia has launched a program to place a physically active video game in over 750 public schools. No word yet as to whether state buffet restaurants will be forced to put them in their lobbies (I’m talkin’ to you, Barboursville!).

A game called Dance Dance Revolution (it’s DDR if you’re nasty) was selected for immediate placement in all middle schools, the other public schools to receive their DDR games within three years. The schools will be equipped with an Xbox, two dance mats, and a copy of DDR Extreme 2.”

Players of the game follow directions on the screen that tell them how to move their feet on a connected floor map. The end result almost looks like dancing, but is just as exhausting.

The campaign targets 10-14 year-olds initially as experts say that this a critical time for developing personal decision making (i.e., deciding to be active or sedentary). Pushing a child this age in a more healthy direction may influence later lifestyles.

In a study, nearly 46% of West Virginia fifth-graders were considered overweight, and one in three were projected to develop adult-onset diabetes.

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