Mayo Clinic Likes the Idea Behind the Wii

A new Mayo Clinic study shows that adding activity to video games helps fight obesity.

“We know if kids play video games that require movement, they burn more energy than they would while sitting and playing traditional screen games. That’s pretty obvious even without our data,” says Lorraine Lanningham-Foster, Ph.D., Mayo obesity researcher and study leader.

“The point is that children — very focused on screen games — can be made healthier if activity is a required part of the game.”

The study does not mention the Wii by name, but let’s face it. The Wii is all about activity. —MEGHANN MARCO

Mayo Clinic Study Endorses Concept Behind Nintendo’s Wii [Consumer Affairs]