Published Online: January 23, 2013
Published in Print: January 23, 2013, as Children's Fitness

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"Can E-Gaming Be Useful for Achieving Recommended Levels of Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Intensity in Inner-City Children?"

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Among elementary school children, active video games, or "e-games," can have benefits similar to traditional physical education, suggests a study published online last week in the journal Games for Health.

Researchers studied 104 students in grades 3-8 from a District of Columbia school to see if active video games could help inner-city children meet the federally recommended level of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per day.

The students wore an accelerometer to gauge their energy expenditure as they completed three 20-minute sessions of physical activities: a traditional physical education class and two e-games.

Overall, students expended significantly more energy during traditional physical education than they did with video games. But students in grades 3-5 expended enough energy when performing all three activities to meet the guidelines. In grades 6-8, boys' energy expenditure from the video games was "modest," but girls barely exerted enough energy in any activity to meet that benchmark.

Vol. 32, Issue 18, Page 5

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