Navigation Links
Weight loss game looking for 'NEAT-o' results
Date:9/14/2007

HOUSTON, Sept. 12, 2007 Finding a way to motivate the billion people in the world who are overweight to lose excess pounds can be an overwhelming task, but a University of Houston professor is meeting that weighty challenge with a challenge of his own.

Ioannis Pavlidis, a UH computer science professor, and research assistants Yuichi Fujiki and Kostas Kazakos, have developed a computer game that translates physical activity into video games, such as races and logic puzzles. Dubbed Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT-o) games, they can be played on any hand-held personal digital assistant (PDA) with users wearing a lightweight, wearable sensor that detects movement like running, walking, bending over or even foot tapping.

That data is then transmitted to the PDA via a wireless connection, and the player can see his or her game avatar move in real-time to their movements. For example, in the race game, the players physical activity propels the avatar around the track the more active the player is, the faster and farther the avatar goes.

When you see the avatar move when you move, you really become connected to the game, Pavlidis said.

Capitalizing on the buddy system for working out, users can link to other gamers by cellular phone networks and compete against multiple users in the next cubicle or the next state. The game can run all day in the background as users go about their daily routines while earning points and propelling their avatars as they walk to the copy machine, take coffee breaks or walk the dog.

The lack of daily mild exercise is largely responsible for the worlds obesity epidemic, according to James Levine, a Mayo Clinic physician and leading authority on obesity. Levine coined the NEAT term to cover all physical activity that is not conscious exercise. Since hitting the gym for a regular workout might be too much to expect for those returning to the fitness fold, these games encourage smal
'/>"/>

Contact: Ann Holdsworth
aholdsworth@uh.edu
713-743-8153
University of Houston
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. CDC reveals relationship between prepregnant weight and heart defects in infants
2. Watch your weight when pregnant
3. Lose Weight With New Wonder Slimming FDA approved Prescription Drug
4. Weight and Blood Pressure
5. Low Birth Weight infants could have Problems in the Future
6. Breastfeeding not found to have an impact on weight of the child.
7. Giving up smoking is good for health, but causes weight gain too
8. Stress can make you overweight
9. Birth weight key factor in heart diseases
10. Stop smoking and reduce weight
11. Overweight children Dont Necessarily Become overweight adults
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/20/2014)... of brain cells that act as a "sleep switch" ... and staying asleep, a new study suggests. In ... often results in nighttime confusion and wandering, according to ... Rush Memory and Aging Project, which includes nearly 1,000 ... followed until death, at which point their brains are ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... By Kathleen Doheny ... -- Breast reconstruction after a mastectomy has long been an ... percent of women choose it. "The most common reasons ... important, they weren,t interested in more surgery or they were ... Morrow, chief of breast surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... persistent and deadliest infectious diseases in the world, killing ... who study tuberculosis have long debated its origins. New ... Africa to seals and sea lions that brought the ... people there before Europeans landed on the continent. , ... Source of New World Human Tuberculosis," was published in ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... With 3943.8% growth, Connexion Point ranks number ... fastest growing companies. The Inc. 500 ranks Connexion Point 12th, ... Point is the #1 fastest growing company in Utah. , ... and its clients include four of the top 10 health ... and has offices and contact centers in Salt Lake City, ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... YORK, NY (August 20, 2014) Research from Columbia ... critical role in stomach cancer growth and that blocking ... an effective treatment for the disease. The study was ... in collaboration with Duan Chen, MD, PhD, in Norway ... Translational Medicine . , "Scientists have long observed that ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Seniors' Sleep Woes May Be Linked to Loss of Brain Cells 2Health News:Many Women Who Have Mastectomy Don't Get Breast Reconstruction: Study 2Health News:Many Women Who Have Mastectomy Don't Get Breast Reconstruction: Study 3Health News:New research shows seals and sea lions likely spread tuberculosis to humans 2Health News:New research shows seals and sea lions likely spread tuberculosis to humans 3Health News:With 3943.8% Growth, Connexion Point, a Leader in Contact Centers for Health Care, Ranks 86th on the Inc. 500 List as One of the Nation’s Fastest Growing Companies 2Health News:Severing nerves may shrink stomach cancers: Botox injections slow growth of tumors in mice 2
... the pioneer and largest provider of retail-based health care in the ... test at its 23 locations inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in the ... in partnership with Rapid Pathogen Screening, Inc (RPS). MinuteClinic hopes ... clinic locations in 25 states. , , The ...
... , ENCINITAS, Calif., Aug. 11 DRJ Group ... today announced a new awareness and fundraising initiative with the Arthritis ... portion of each Stopain purchase to support the Foundation,s mission to ... is issuing a just-released video - Stop Pain. Start Dancing ...
... , , NEW YORK, Aug. 11 ... bank has acquired Park Avenue Fertility, located in the heart of ... bank will be able to offer local services in both Los ... reproductive medicine. , , "California Cryobank has ...
... , , NEW YORK, Aug. ... a contract by ValueOptions(R), a behavioral health care company headquartered ... services for ValueOptions(R) at risk Plans, which cover approximately 1.5 ... Medicaid members that have other healthcare coverage, and recover overpayments ...
... , , , ... that many claim to value personal responsibility, yet the lack of ... less responsible than they take credit for being. , , ... While the decisions made by those running large corporations influenced the ...
... , TROY, Mich., Aug. 11 CareTech Solutions, Inc. ... inform a tion t echnology (IT) and ... provider for hospitals and health systems nationwide, announced today it has signed a three-year ... e gri s -health.com ), based in Oklahoma. , ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:MinuteClinic Offers New Rapid Pink-Eye Test; Detects Viral Conjunctivitis Infections in Minutes 2Health News:MinuteClinic Offers New Rapid Pink-Eye Test; Detects Viral Conjunctivitis Infections in Minutes 3Health News:Photo: Stopain and the Arthritis Foundation Join Forces to Promote the Benefits of Staying Active 2Health News:Nation's Leading Sperm Bank Opens Branch in New York City 2Health News:ValueOptions(R) Awards Coordination of Benefits and Overpayment Services Contract to HMS 2Health News:Author Alison Stein Identifies Widespread Crisis in Personal Responsibility, Outlines Path to Solution in Reality 2Health News:CareTech Signs Three-Year Agreement to Provide Web Services to INTEGRIS Health's 13 Hospitals 2Health News:CareTech Signs Three-Year Agreement to Provide Web Services to INTEGRIS Health's 13 Hospitals 3
(Date:8/20/2014)... 20, 2014 Reportlinker.com announces that a ... catalogue: The Market for Medical Devices ... The European, Middle Eastern and African markets represent ... part of its coverage, this study: The Market ... EMEA medical device markets and estimates markets for ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... Aug 20, 2014 Reportlinker.com announces that ... its catalogue: Global Patient Scales Industry ... This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Patient ... Segments: Floor Scales, Infant & Baby Scales, Chair ... separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... MUMBAI , August 20, 2014 ... owned subsidiary of Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited India (GPL), ... studies of a novel clinical development candidate, GBR ... discovered and developed by the Glenmark Biologics Research ... . GBR 1302 is based on Glenmark,s ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:The Market for Medical Devices in EMEA 2The Market for Medical Devices in EMEA 3The Market for Medical Devices in EMEA 4The Market for Medical Devices in EMEA 5Global Patient Scales Industry 2Global Patient Scales Industry 3Global Patient Scales Industry 4Global Patient Scales Industry 5Global Patient Scales Industry 6Global Patient Scales Industry 7Global Patient Scales Industry 8Global Patient Scales Industry 9Global Patient Scales Industry 10Global Patient Scales Industry 11Global Patient Scales Industry 12Global Patient Scales Industry 13Global Patient Scales Industry 14Global Patient Scales Industry 15Global Patient Scales Industry 16Global Patient Scales Industry 17Global Patient Scales Industry 18Global Patient Scales Industry 19Glenmark Enters Oncology With the Discovery and Initiation of IND Enabling Studies of an Innovative Bispecific Antibody 2Glenmark Enters Oncology With the Discovery and Initiation of IND Enabling Studies of an Innovative Bispecific Antibody 3
... Inc. (Nasdaq: BNVI ), a pharmaceutical company focused ... health and cancer, today announced that it had received the ... Guidance meeting that took place on November 8, 2010. In ... clinical development plan. "We had a very ...
... U.S.A. Inc., (TRL) announced today that it has entered into ... development of novel protein therapies for autoimmune diseases based on ... Anaphore will generate novel trivalent proteins called Atrimers ... inhibit targets of interest . The partnership will focus ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Bionovo Releases FDA-Approved Clinical Development Plan for Menerba 2Bionovo Releases FDA-Approved Clinical Development Plan for Menerba 3Bionovo Releases FDA-Approved Clinical Development Plan for Menerba 4Tanabe Research Labs Enters R&D Partnership with Anaphore to Develop Novel Protein Pharmaceuticals for Autoimmune Disorders 2Tanabe Research Labs Enters R&D Partnership with Anaphore to Develop Novel Protein Pharmaceuticals for Autoimmune Disorders 3
... Lipoprint System is a high resolution diagnostic test ... by other methods. The test procedure is simple ... hours. Any abnormal value is clearly flagged. A ... atherogenic, small dense LDL in red and the ...
... is the only control for ... patient synovial fluid samples performed ... is also an aid for ... indicate a pathological condition present ...
... Suitable for use with Leica ... bilirubinometers (pediatric) and all automated ... including Aeroset, AU Series, Cobas, ... These controls contain purified bilirubin ...
... designed for point-of-care dipstick control. Its unique, ... problems and provides maximum portability ideal ... is the addition of creatinine and microalbumin. ... results for hCG for early pregnancy detection ...
Medicine Products: