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Students Are Motivated To Exercise Due To Technology

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By Andrew Reed

Hailey, Idaho (KMVT-TV) To reduce the prevalence of overweight and obese children, St. Luke's Wood River foundation recently funded an innovative new project at Wood River Middle School.

A pilot project is underway with 70-students, 4-teachers, and 4-doctors.

The reason, to promote healthily behavior in adolescents.

"There has been a lot of interest lately in using electronic games digital games to try to impact kids in a healthy way” said Dr. Peter Curran.

The Striiv project is utilizing is a small electric pedometer that incorporates a series of games and challenges to stimulate increased activity and also allows competition between students.

"I thought it was fun because you can race people and you can run with them and try to beat their steps you're doing. So the games you can do were really motivating for me” said Katie Lambert, student.

The project goal is to increase the level of daily physical activity in the middle school population through use of interactive electronic media devices, and ultimately improve health and lower Body Mass Index in student.

"It's been great to see them excited more about exercising through what we think about what is a couch potato activity with video games” said Claudia Gaeddert, 6th Grade Teacher.

Feedback from students has been positive.

"I think the motivation factor is quite strong in this, these units can actually communicate in with each other so they can have a little social media ring of friends going” said Dr. Peter Curran.

A device that provides gaming incentives and physical activity goals.
The study will come to an end in December; doctors will then analyze the data and hope to expand to other middle schools across the nation.


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