06/07/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
U.S. – A study suggests some video games can help senior citizens become more physically active. As reported by HealthDay News, researchers found that games such as Nintendo’s Wii Sports may be a good alternative for older adults with limited opportunity for participation in actual sports.
Elizabeth Orsega-Smith, associate professor of health, nutrition and exercise sciences at the University of Delaware, is quoted in the report as stating of the findings in a news release, “Few studies have investigated the use of active video games in aging populations or individuals with disabilities… Given that 40 percent of older-adult females and 30 [percent] of males ages 70 and above do not participate in any significant physical activity, this population faces growing health challenges. For otherwise sedentary people, games like the Wii offer an enjoyable way to become more active and more healthy.”
As noted in the report, the researchers are set to present their findings at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting on Friday.
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