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Video Games Improve Children's Physical Activity


A model demonstrates Nintendo Co.'s new game

A model demonstrates Nintendo Co.'s new game "Wii Fit" which allows players to weigh themselves, check their balance and play fitness games, during a press event at Makuhari Messe in Makuhari, east of Tokyo, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007. Nintendo Co. said Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007, profits more than doubled in the six months to Sept. 30 on the soaring success of its hit Wii and Nintendo DS game consoles. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

A small new study shows the latest generation of video games – where players move along to the action – can make a child more physically active at home.

Researchers in Australia found children who were given the newer devices instead of the traditional models boosted their physical activity levels by about 3 minutes a day.

They also reduced their time spent sitting around by 6 minutes.

The study’s authors call the findings small but significant.

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