DDR PadNo, it’s not another Richard Simmons video. The West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency sponsored a research project involving overweight and obese children of the state and Konami’s Corp’s “Dance Dance Revolution” video game.

The study was performed with 50 overweight or obese children that ranged in age from 7 to 12 years. The study lasted for 24-weeks and resulted in the children that played the game for at least 30 minutes five days a week maintained their weight and saw a reduction in heart disease and diabetes risk. For the first 12 weeks of the study, 12 children did not play the game and gained an average of 6 pounds. After they began playing the game, their weight stabilized and none of the children gained any additional weight.

The study did not monitor food intake of any of the children and following the study, children from the study reported that they felt more confident and willing to try other exercises.

If we can’t get our kids outside for physical activity, at least we can get them into some physical activity inside the house.

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