UNT researchers' study finds playing video games may improve children's exercise levels

Playing video games could lead children to exercise regularly, according to Lin Lin, associate professor of learning technologies, and Xiangli Gu and Tao Zhang, assistant professors of kinesiology, health promotion and recreation. The researchers recruited 250 children ages 5-12 and surveyed their parents about their perceptions of interactive games such as Dance Dance Revolution and Wii Sports at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Children were invited to play those games, and parents answered questions about the children's cognitive functioning and physical activity during leisure time. They hope to find the impact of the games on children's physical and cognitive well-being.