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Date:9/1/2008

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"It is reassuring to see evidence that the power of technological progress can be converted from foe to friend with regard to the health of children," Katz said. "The evidence is clear from this study that, at least in brief bouts, video gaming can constitute a meaningful aerobic workout."

Susan Finn, chairwoman of the American Council for Fitness & Nutrition, noted there needs to be a balance between how much children eat and the amount of exercise they get.

"When it comes to obesity, the other part of the equation is the consumption of calories," Finn said. "This half of the solution is often more difficult. The American Council for Fitness and Nutrition has partnered with PE4life and The American Dietetic Association Foundation to teach energy balance -- what you do and what you eat has to be in balance. This report deals with half of the equation and demonstrates that there are many ways to get kids active," she said.

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For more about children and obesity, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.



SOURCES: Alison M. McManus, Ph.D., Institute of Human Performance, University of Hong Kong; David L. Katz, M.D., director, Prevention Research Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.; Susan Finn, R.D., Ph.D., chairwoman, American Council for Fitness & Nutrition, Washington, D.C.; September 2008, Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine


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